My eight-year-old wants to buy me a house!

21 Apr


My son just celebrated his eighth birthday. He’s my first born, my gorgeous little boy. He’s very sensitive and thoughtful. He often worries about the world and about why people are sad. I feel badly for him. I think he’ll always feel too much. He isn’t easy going. Which is why my heart broke when he told me he wants to buy me a house.

My parents gave him $100 to use too open his first bank account. He was so excited. He asked me to take him the very next day and open his account. He asked if he’d get a bank book. He asked if he’d have to sign anything. He was so proud that he’d have an account. He felt like a big boy.

We all went to the bank together and sat down to open his account. He was so interested in the process. He kept counting his money and asking questions. The bank teller told him that he could save for anything he wanted with this account and that he could buy himself a car in ten years time.

My son said he didn’t want to buy a car. He told her, “I’m saving to buy my mum a house”.

She and I looked at each other in shared delight and sadness. I hugged him and told him that we’d buy a house again one day and that I wanted him to save for whatever he wanted. I didn’t realise he’d picked up on our financial hardship but he’s a wise one and I shouldn’t have been surprised.

On the way home I asked him why he wanted to buy me a house. He said it’s because I always say I wish we had a bigger house and because whenever he and his brother ask for a dog I say we will get one as soon as we own a house again.

I think it’s okay that he is money-aware but I did make sure he knew that we were more than okay and quite lucky compared to some. I told him I was happy he thought about money and that he should focus on appreciating everything we did have and to never worry because we’d always make sure we were okay.

He’s the cutest little boy on the face of the earth (subjective!).

La Dolce Vita – Jo Abi

2 Responses to “My eight-year-old wants to buy me a house!”

  1. Anxiouschica April 26, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Just found your blog through Mamamia and am hooked!


  2. Jo April 27, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    Thanks so much. I really love writing it and the kids give me endless material!


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