Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The day after Eric's long-awaited significant raise,

we were sitting at the table eating lunch. Eva turned to me and said, "Can we get a dog soon?" Likely anticipating my answer, she continues, "Well, we're probably going to run out of money soon. I mean (dramatic sigh), I want an American Girl (doll) and a dog."

Appreciating the hint of humility and frugality in her tone, I was still thinking about how to respond when she continued. "We could get one of those signs... like when someone is really poor... you know... they hold up a sign..." Surprised, I ask, "Like the people who stand on the side of the road with a sign like, 'will work for food' or something?" Eva responded enthusiastically, "Yeah!"

Not sure where to go with this conversation, and thinking that I've certainly sent the "watch your pennies" message very clearly, I said nothing. In a moment I reminded her, "Well, Daddy just got a new job, so we probably won't need to beg for money on the side of the road."

I don't actually know what Eric's new job title will be, but he will working in a completely new role, at a new location, but still within General Mills. He is really, really excited to start! And as I mentioned, his new boss fought for a very nice raise for him, so we won't have to get out our dry erase boards to stand at the corner... unless we buy Eva both an American Girl doll and a dog :).


The Mrs. said...

OH my gosh! How funny! She is SO perceptive!

Luke and Jen said...

Just do the doll. Or at least wait for a dog until July ;)

I don't know if I'd give anyone money that was holding up a dry erase board. You'd have to do the cardboard.

Alicia O. & the gang said...

OH we made Lilly wait for her American Girl Doll (which is actually only a bitty baby...but it's the same to her...and she chose it!) for over 2 years! She so appreciated it when we took her on her birthday a week thankful and so aware of what a significant gift it was!
Just that small awareness definately makes a difference!
We're raising good wives and family members!