So Harrison recently asked me how he could earn some money from me by doing things around the house. I’d half jokingly said that if he wanted to take over cleaning the bathrooms, that would be great! ;-)
He groaned and let it drop…until the next day, when the conversation went like this:
H: Sooo, how much would you give me if I cleaned the bathrooms?
Me: I was kidding. You don’t need to clean the bathrooms.
H: No, really. How much?
Me: Well, what if we started with just your bathroom. I’ll give you $5.
H: <Thinking.> Ok. I’ll do it!
So, he did. And he did a good job, earning his $5. Fast forward a week. I cleaned the bathroom this time, and the conversation went like this:
Me: So, did you notice that I cleaned your bathroom?
H: Yep. Why?
Me: Just wondering where my $5 is. :-P
We both laughed, and I thought that was the end of it. About five minutes later, he leaves the room and returns with $5. Can I just say that I was floored – and totally didn’t see that one coming. How many 10-year-olds would willingly turn over $5 of their own money because of a chore their parent did?
Needless to say, I informed him I was totally joking, and that I’d never expect money for any of the chores I do around the home. That they’re my responsibility as the adult and primary caretaker of the home – and of him. At the same time, it warmed my heart to know that somehow I managed to be lucky enough to be the mom of such a generous young man.
What has someone done to surprise you with generosity? I invite you to take a minute and share your common grounds.