This conversation happened at the dinner table last night:
Me: So what happened at school today, everyone?
Zayd: Well... I started crying at lunchtime.
Me: Oh no! Why? What happened!
Zayd: Well... the school talked to us about selling coupon books so we can get new playground equipment.
Me: Oh. So did that make you kinda nervous or something? Did you cry because you were scared to sell coupon books?
Zayd: They were tears of joy.
Me: Uhm... okay. What are you talking about?
Zayd: Mom. You WON'T believe what I can get it I sell the most coupon books! The prizes are HUGE. They are AWESOME!
Evan perks up.
Evan: Like what?
Zayd: Oh my God. I can win a computer...
Zayd: It gets better... I can win and X-box...
Evan: Are you kidding!?
Evan's getting more excited. And now Ethan pipes in.
Ethan: Yes! I can too! I can sell coupon books too! I'll show you the prizes book.
Zayd: You can win a Wii.
Zayd: A Wii. A WII! Seriously!
Now everyone is way too psyched up. My Zayd? Zayd who is so shy has now been swept away by greed - it is not about working towards playground equipment - it's for a Wii.
Zayd: Mom? Will you come with me to sell books?
Before I can open my mouth...
Evan: I'll go with you!
Zayd: Okay! Let's go now.
Ethan: I want to go too!
Evan: Okay, we'll all go.
Evan: Can we mom?
Paul: I don't know if we should have them go door to door asking for money. This week while you were gone I seriously had 5 kids stop by asking for money.
Me: All the more reason to go out and ask their parents for money!
I love sales. I did Mary Kay for 6 years - the whole prizes thing totally speaks to me.
Zayd: And all I have to do is sell 5 coupon books to get a little basketball and hoop.
I look at the catalogue....
Yup - looks just like Mary Kay. Sell gobs of product and earn a prize worth 40 cents.
Zayd: Mom. I have faith in myself.
O.M.G. - I can't believe my Zayd just said that.
Me: Zayyd! That's awesome! I am so glad you feel that way about yourself. I have faith in you too! You can do it! You can do whatever you set your mind to! (Holy... I am now sounding like a Mary Kay consultant again)...
Zayd: I know. I'm going to do it.
So off the three of them went. Evan organized the materials, Ethan went along as eye-candy (who can resist a very cute 6-year-old), and Zayd was going to do that talking. Which actually surprised me because like I said, he is really shy.
About a half-hour later they came back having sold four coupon books.
Zayd: Mom - I did it. I only have to sell one more to get a basketball hoop.
Me: That's great honey. I am really proud of you.
Zayd: And I already think I sold it because the neighbors in the blue house told me to come back tomorrow.
Zayd: But mom?
He holds up an envelope that has on it in large print "Money Envelope"
Zayd: Why does this say "money envelope?"
Me: uhhh... because it is to hold the money you get from people?
Zayd: It should say "SAVINGS" envelope.
Zayd: That really bugs me. I don't know why they say "Money" when it should say "Savings."
Me: Does it matter?
Zayd: Yes. It bugs me.
Me: Okay - let's just focus on what you accomplished tonight - let's not focus on the envelope and what it says. Okay?
Zayd: That's kinda hard for me to do.
Me: Yeah. I know it is. Try.