Luke has been saving his money for quite some time for Big Important Things. The Big Important Things change all the time, ranging from an iPod touch to a Wii to Something, I Just Haven't Decided What Yet. For a 9 year old boy, he actually had a good bit saved. Especially considering that his birthday is in December and he made this resolve over summer, well past any holiday "freebie" earnings.
Being a parent, I tried to help him as much as I could. While he does chores around here because he's a member of the family and everyone chips in, I paid him to do extras on occasion. It was about this time that I had my first and only pedicure (oh, heaven! The bliss!) but quickly realized that while I could get used to that, it's not really in my budget to be a regular basis kind of thing. I paid Luke to give me a pedicure every week or so. It wasn't quite professional quality, but at $2 per pedi, I really didn't expect that. It was a win-win for both of us.
When a missionary came to our church last month, Luke was very generous with his giving. In fact, he gave nearly all his hard earned and well saved money. I didn't discourage him. I will never discourage my kids from sharing with those that need. I was proud of Luke for recognizing that someone needed his money more than he did, and willingly gave.
So today Luke asked me if I needed a pedicure any time soon. I did, actually, but knew there was something motivating him.
"Sure, I could use one. Why?"
I'd like to buy a video game for Josh as a get well gift.
"That's very kind and thoughtful."
How much does a video game cost, do you know?
"I'd guess it depends on what you get. There's probably a range of prices."
Well I don't have much money and I'd like to get him one soon.
"I know you do, buddy. But Josh can't play video games right now anyway so you can wait for a little bit while you save."
That boy, he makes my heart smile.