16 November 2009
She Will Surprise You
Sometimes she is such a mystery.
Last week at the entrance to my least favorite store a lady representing the Salvation Army was ringing her little holiday bell.
I gave all of the kids whatever change I had and they all trotted off to dump their coins in the red kettle.
Much later, inside the store, I heard loose change hit the floor near my feet.
And there was Mosely, scrambling after it. I knew right away where that little kid had gotten her quarter.
Instead of dropping her money into the kettle, Mosely had dropped her quarter into her pocket.
(Yes, I made her go back outside and give the volunteer the quarter.)
After several conversations over the next few days, Mosely and I came to some sort of terms.
She felt as if she never had the opportunity to earn money to purchase things that she would want.
"Like what?" I queried.
"A piggy bank," was the quick response.
Mosely volunteered to do extra chores and asked to be paid for them. I agreed to her entrepreneurial schemes.
One afternoon, she cleaned the sun room above and beyond the normal methods. (She did a remarkably good job too. Hmmm. Now I have a new standard for five-year-old labor. That one might just back-fire on her.) One quarter earned.
The next day she accomplished another task. Another quarter dropped into her makeshift piggy bank - the classic plastic container with a thin slice cut out of the lid.
More chores done. At this point, Mosely has earned three shiny quarters.
She continually opens her container and looks adoringly at her coins. She shakes them in her tiny hands. She stores the container on a high shelf, just in case Piper tries to take it, she tells me.
Mosely is making plans for tomorrow - what she can do to earn more money, to collect more coins, to see her empire stretch even farther.
Fast forward to right now . . .
Bergen and Kevin are about to embark on a little father-son jaunt to the store for some necessary items - such as milk and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.
London complains that she is not able to attend this exciting adventure.
Mosely, however, does not speak a word of complaint.
She jumps up and races into her bedroom.
Her fist is tightly clenched as she returns to the living room.
Still without a word, she approaches her younger brother. She stretches out her closed fist to Bergen.
Wordlessly, he opens his hand, palm up.
And into that palm, Mosely places the entire contents of her piggy bank fund into Berg's sweaty little hand.
All three coins.
Nothing held back.
Sometimes she will just surprise you.