As we walked home from school, my younger son talked non-stop. He said something about getting $20 at school. I thought he was talking nonsense, until he produced a $20 bill from his backpack. With the help of my older son, I got the story about how he came to be in possession of this kind of money.
My younger son and his friend, “G”, were talking about a book my son recently ordered from the Scholastic magazine. His friend asked if he could have the book, and my younger son told him he could – as soon as he had an iPod Touch. “G” told him, “those are expensive, you’re gonna need this,” and gave him the money.
Sweet gesture, but I knew my son couldn’t keep it. I called “G’s mom. As soon as I mentioned $20, she told me that she had the money on the counter and wondered where it went. The money was for an animal rescue, specifically to help with vet care for an injured dog, which was “G’s” charity of choice.
Once the money was returned to its rightful owner, we talked about the situation. I reassured my son he wasn’t in trouble, but explained that he shouldn’t accept money from friends. He stood by his argument of, “But I didn’t ask for it, he just gave it to me.”
My younger son doesn’t see the problem, but one day, I think he’ll understand. His friend, “G” has a caring heart and I hope it’s not stolen away by kids who’ll take advantage of his kindness.
Speaking of friendships, I’ve been looking forward to what is becoming an annual sleepover at my best friend’s house. Yes, I know, I’m a little (okay, a lot) too old for that, but it makes sense, really.
This weekend, she lost her husband to Fantasy Football (don’t worry, it’s only temporary, although it does relapse every year around this time :)) Since we live over an hour apart from each other, we don’t get to visit in person very often. So, when we do see each other, we have lots of catching up to do. This is why we do the overnight stay.
I hope you have a safe Labor Day weekend. I’ll catch up on blog reading on the Monday holiday, but for now, I’m offline, sharing the necessities with my friend:
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)