My then 6yr old seemed to be quite curious about wealth. Apparently it had been a topic of discussion between her and her friends. Can you imagine? How would their little minds frame such notions with their 6 year old perspectives? How would they measure their wealth I wondered- by how big their dolls were?
So, when I was asked “Are we rich?” anyone who knows me, knows exactly how the following reply went. And for those of you who don’t let me catch you up to speed……it went something like this: “Of course we are rich. We have food, education, toys, holidays, a house, running clean water, clothes”….you get the picture.
“So we have lots and lots of money?” her voice brimmed with hope.
“Well”, I stammered, feeling all previous lessons had somehow been lost in translation from adult to child. This was not quite the direction I had wanted this to go. I pictured her going up to her teacher saying how rich we were. Randomly adding it to conversations as 6yr olds do. “Do you know we’re so rich we can buy anything? We can buy chocolate factories, whole countries even the sky…..we have so much money….” So with this fear looming I tried to add a quick measure of sorts
“Well, not RICH rich” I anxiously added, pretending to make sense. Her face screwed up in an a suspicious manner, and just when I thought my 6 year old had “got” me, I found the exact right words….
“We have enough, and that is plenty”
She threw me a simple “OK” over her shoulder as she walked off. The 6yr old needed no more explanation, for enough is enough. I on the other hand needed to be peeled out of the corner.