Saturday, May 2, 2009

Should I be scared or proud???


So now that the weather is nice, it is almost time for gardening! We are trying to get and keep our garden area in the back yard free from weed...aren't we all?!? The kids get to help with this responsibility. We give them a plastic bag and they have the choice of $.10 a pound or 10 minutes of video games a pound. We're not out to make them RICH!! :o) So today, Lorenzo chose to get 10 minutes of video games per pound. After about 15 minutes (weed picking done in-between playing) he shows me how much he had done...eyeballing I guessed about 1 lb or 10 minutes. He decided to keep going...more playing with a bit more weed picking, 10 minutes later, the bag is still about the same. Impatient, he rolled his eyes, said "this will take FOREVER!" Suddenly all happy-go-lucky he comes back inside and proclaims..."I think this heavy bag will be like 100 minutes!" Wow, that was fast! He wanted to get down the scale and do it himself, but I took his grubby, muddy hands off my clean cabinets and got the scale myself. I took his bag that hadn't changed much in size since the first round and noticed it was abnormally HEAVY! I hesitantly say "to my surprise" because nothing that boy does surprises me, I found at the bottom of his bag a few descent sized rocks and a few handfuls of dirt. I'm not sure if I should be scared that he is so deceitful or proud of his intuitiveness! Needless to say...no video game privileges were earned today!

8 other opinions:

BJ said...

Brilliant!! Sounds like something I would have done as a child.

Jen said...

hilarious. i think he should have gotten video games because he's funny!

Andy, Beth and Jennah, too! said...

what a clever mom you are... having him earn the game time... so clever infact... you have a clever son to have come up with a plan to hopefully get more game time!... Was each rock worth -1 minute?

Bob and Carol Norman said...

Surely there is a good parable in there somewhere.

Momma said...

A little from column A and a little from Column B! Meaning yes you should be proud and a little scared. :-). I've raised a few Anderson's in my time, they all eventually learn how to use their powers for good.

Sheri said...

I am laughing! What a kid. Glad he is in our family. We love him and what a creative mind.

Elisa said...

Haha. Scared AND proud. Proud of his creative problem-solving and scared of all the possible ways he may solve those problems over the coming years. Cute story.

When Nathan was little and he didn't want to eat his veggies, he would hide them in his pockets so he could sneak to the bathroom and flush them down the toilet. Once my mom was on to him, he tried hiding them in his socks...but she still caught him.

I guess you will just have to start thinking like a sneaky little boy.

Ben and Stephanie Taylor said...

that's hysterical! What a smart kid.