just before falling off to sleep last night, he said a very strange thing out of the blue (we were talking about buying him a play scientist set with all those chemicals and potions to mix next Christmas):
"mama, i don't care about money."
i responded, " uh-huh... what do you care about then?"
a few moments later, he sleepily asked again, "mama, can i just give my money away to anybody when i have lots?" (he saves his allowances, even at 6 years old!)
and i said, "of course you can. just make sure you give them to people who will use them for good things."
and he said, "i save my money. is that a good thing?"
and i said, "yes. you will be rich someday, for sure."
and he asked, "how do you know?"
and i said, "because i've read that people who become rich and stay rich are the ones who save."
with that, he hugged me tight and fell asleep.