Your blogger was on a fandamily picnic yesterday. After unloading the gear at the lovely Oak Grove area of Champoeg State Park, I was relaxing with a Shiner Octoberfest brew, just kicked back on the warm afternoon, watching the world circulate around me.
It occurred to me that none of my grandchildren had given me a hug yet. The excitement of a new place to play, or something. The light bulb went on... I fish in my jeans pocket and there is about $2 in change in there. I hail my oldest grandkid, and she comes over. I hold out the money, and her eyes light up (she's six, knows that money buys stuff). I asked her if she ever earned any money. Blank stare. Apparently, my crassly capitalist son does not use that form of rewards system. I explain that earning money involves performing some work or selling something. The concept of "sell" seemed to ring a bell with her. I said, "I have money to buy things, what do you have to sell?" She looks over at the picnic table I am seated near to. I said, "No, most of that stuff is mine already, and what isn't, is not yours to sell." She throws up her hands in frustration. I continue, "You have no THINGS to sell me, so how much is a hug worth." She hesitated, so I held up a quarter, and the light bulb went on for HER. Four bits and two hugs later, it was time for the next part of the lesson. "Do you know you can make money by selling something that is NOT part of you?" Vacant look and negative head-shake. I said, "Go get your brother, and tell him he can sell me a hug, too. When you bring him to sell me a hug, I will pay you a dime COMMISSION." Oops, "commission was to big a word. "Over-ride" was too much also. Too late, though, she skipped away to get her younger brother, and was instructing him as they walked back to my chair. He came up, climbed up in my lap (he is quite the climber at age four) and gave me a big hug. I paid him his hug-fee and his big sis her vig. This scene was repeated until I was out of change. How would YOU teach the concept of commerce? Believe me, you do NOT want to wait for the publick schule to do this.