I know I often brag about how wonderful, generous, empathetic, sensitive, honest, etc., etc. my older son, Corbin is.
Most of it is true.
But lately his businessman (step-on-anyone-to-get-what-I-need) ways have been coming out.
First it started with him asking me why I helped an elderly woman in the grocery store parking lot find her car. Sure, he might have had a point because if she was so confused that she couldn't find her car (which ended up being right where we started) there may have been a possibility she shouldn't have been driving. I told Corbin I helped her because it was the right thing to do and it makes me feel good to help others. He replied, "Yeah me too, if I get paid."
Over vacation he started to write a story- I wanted to work with him on handwriting so I encouraged him to write a story about catching the Loch Ness monster (his newest obsession). He told me he wanted to sell copies of the book and he was so ecstatic when a few friends and family members said they would purchase a copy when it was done. When a friend asked if she could have hers autographed he said, "Yeah, for another dollar."
Then to top it all off, tonight he asked if he could make up a story to tell me at bedtime. It went something like this:
"One day I was going for a walk when oh my goodness I saw a pile of ones on the road. I picked them up and yelled out "Whose money is this??". No one answered. I thought, "Okay it's my birthday, I guess I can keep this money". I walked further up the street and there was a pile of fives! I yelled, "Yoohoo!! Anybody out there?" No one answered, I thought it was my lucky day!! I looked up the street and there was a stack of tens! Again I yelled but no one was around. And you won't believe this- there was a pile of hundreds! Hundreds, Mom, can you believe it??? I suddenly had to go to the bathroom and I stopped at a store where there was a bathroom and opened the door and SURPRISE!!!! My family was in there and said, "Happy Birthday! All that money is for you!!" And we had cake and ice cream. The end."
Complete surprise ending, huh? Celebrating a birthday in a public restroom. Love it.
I use to hope Corbin would stay on his chosen career path of being a scientist, but I think he's gonna be happy being a businessman with his shrewd sense of business and obvious love for money.