And I haven’t decided if that’s a good thing or not. I guess it is, right? I mean… we all want our kids to be leaders?
My boy came home from school the other day with $.75 more in quarters than when he went to school. He was so excited to share with me his new business. His name is in the title of the business (coughringleadercough).
He and his “staff” are working hard to raise money. They’re charging $.25 a piece for paper airplanes, origami swans (?), pictures of animals that they’re drawing and other miscellaneous items.
What does he want to do with the money? He would like to send it to Steve Irwin’s family.
He feels that since Steve passed away, they are going to be in need of some funds. So he and his friends came up with this plan to raise some money and send it to Australia.
I didn’t want to discourage my little entrepeneur because I do believe that it’s a wonderful character trait.. that’s what this country was built on, right? And I’m truly moved that he wasn’t just earning money for himself… but because he thought that someone else needed it. I love that he’s
philantr… philanthropic… um, charitable at such a young age.
So it was a little difficult for me to break the news to him that the Irwin family is … rich. I let him know that although Steve Irwin is gone, his family would be fine. They’ll probably continue to earn a living from TV and the Australia Zoo. Maybe he could send it to a special animal fund or something?
He decided he will send this money to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo instead. (the zoo was almost wiped out completely during Hurricane Katrina)
So… now I’m just sitting and waiting for all the parents to start calling me about how my kid is charging them $.25 for paper airplanes… and hope and pray with all my might that he is always a ringleader for people (or animals) in need… and not a ringleader urging people to drink the kool-aid because the spaceship is coming down to save them.