It’s been a while since I’ve filled you in on all that comes out of our mouths during our many hours on the road. I know you’ve been eager to read some more along the lines of our poop portal or four level house alarm conversations. Well, today is your lucky day!
Tyler: If I had a million dollars I’d have a pretty sort list of things to buy.
Gracie: Do you even know how much a million dollars is?
Tyler: Yes. It’s one thousand one thousand dollars. Right Mama?
Mama (deer in headlight look that no one can see because I’m driving and they’re in the back seat, thinks quick, like a teacher): Well, do you know what happens when you multiply by 10?
Tyler: Yes, you add a zero
Mama: Technically you move the decimal place one to the right.
Tyler: Or add a zero. (probably rolls eyes)
Mama: And do you know what happens when you multiply by 100?
Gracie: You add two zeros…or technically move your decimal place two spaces to the right. (proud grin)
Mama: So, what happens when you multiply by 1,000?
Gracie: You’ll add three zeros.
Mama: Yup. So, 1,000 x 10 is?
Gracie and Tyler: 10,000
Mama: And 1,000 x 100 is?
Gracie and Tyler: 100,000
Mama (relieved that we’ve figured this all out together): And 1,000 times…
Tyler (impatiently interrupting): Yeah, yeah, yeah…1,000 x 1,000 is 1,000,000 – like I said. And if I had a million dollars I’d buy Nerf Guns and a mansion with a place just to have Nerf wars!
Gracie: Well, depending on where you live, mansions sometimes cost more than $1,000,000. You might need a billion dollars to get what’s on your list.
Tyler: Well, I’d get a small mansion for a million. But if I had a billion dollars, I could make a longer list. Nerf guns, a mansion, Legos, paint ball guns, Legos, a Bugatti…
Gracie: You can’t drive!
Tyler: I know that, but I’d still get a Bugatti – and a driver – and more Legos, more Nerf guns, more paintball guns, a cheesecake, and a private jet. And I’d put $10,000 in savings for later.
And there you have it – teaching them to dream big and save for their futures. I’m chalking today up as a win!