Jonah is both entirely incapable of having money without spending it and simultaneously disgusted that people are not buying his artwork so he can get More Money.
He has been pricing virtually every art creation of his since we went to a couple of art festivals in January. Every doodle on every scrap of every paper has a price usually between $8 and $97.
The first few times he did this, it was very amusing. You know, if he’s going to be an artist, well, it’s good he has some business sense as well, right?
Then it kept going on - he was writing a random number such as 634 and then throwing a $ in that general vicinity.
Good, a little opportunity to demonstrate how we write prices so other people can read them.
Then he began adding in cents. So you could get a detailed picture of a pirate ship with anti-christ-looking pirates attacking each other with deadly scabbards for the price of $634.37.
Due to lack of interest (“sorry Jonah, I just don’t have $634.37 to spend on art right now…”), he began offering rebates.
He told everyone who came in our door that if they paid him $634.37, he would give them the picture AND $600 back. (because that is the fun of buying something... you get the product AND money back!!)
This goes on and on… a little tiresome, but since he had been lagging a bit in his numbers past 20, this was providing excellent real-life practice.
During this time he also received a few dollars as a gift, I gave him a little pencil box to store his bills and coins all together, and everything came together to make him realize he had a whopping $15 !
Immediately and continuously, he pleaded to go to TARGET!
That’s where we got the basketball. But what Jonah actually decided on was a little toy for him and a little toy for Benjamin (he is undeniably generous with his money, too, which contributes to why he goes through it so quickly).
I also bought the basketball, telling them that when they were ready, they could each give me $2 then they could play with the ball. That was all of two hours later.
(to be continued)