By JLP | January 28, 2006
Sometimes my kids just amaze me.
B, my oldest son, let a friend use his skateboard. The friend accidentally let it fall into the storm drain. I tried to help B fish it out but the storm drain was too deep. Anyway, he lost the skateboard. He was quite bummed by the whole deal. The friend’s mom offered to buy him a new one but I didn’t have the heart to tell her that it was a $70 skateboard so I told her not to worry about it. Besides, it was 5 months old and pretty messed up.
I worked a deal out with B and told him that his mother and I would pay half on a new skateboard. He thought that was fair. He didn’t have his half saved up yet so it was going to take a few weeks before he was able to buy a new one.
My other son, P, is going to turn 9 in a week or so. For his birthday we are taking him and a couple of friends to a skate park. My oldest son was upset because he wouldn’t have his new board by then and wouldn’t be able to participate in the fun. So, P gave (not loaned) B all his money so that he could have enough to buy his own skateboard before the birthday party. I thought that was pretty awesome for my youngest son to do that. Believe me, he understands money and was fully aware of what he was doing.
After seeing the way my boys beat the crap out of each other, it just blows my mind that my kids can at times be so freakin’ mean to each other and then at other times be so selfless. It truly amazes me. Anyway, I just thought it was a neat experience to share.