So, Dillon is trying to raise/save money for an iPad. His Dad told him if he came up with half the money, we’d pay for the other half. The question then became: how does an 8-year-old with an allowance of $4 per week raise this kind of money?
It occurred to me that there is a hot, long, laborious job that I wanted to be completed this summer that I could outsource. The fence needs to be stained again. And Dillon and I negotiated terms and he got to work.
He’s been listening to his iPod shuffle while he works, and occasionally I hear him belting out the strains of a song as he paints. Yesterday I heard the familiar, “way oh way oh waaaay ohhh waaaay ohhhh,” and he runs over and puts an earbud in my ear. “You need to hear this!”
I already know, as I am the person who loads the music on his iPod. And I tell him that the Bangles was the first tape I ever bought. I am not sure he knows what a tape even is, but he says, “This is my favorite song in the whole world!” I tell him I’ll make sure it’s on my iPod for our upcoming car trip, and he says, “Yeah, put it on FIVE times in a row. I like it a LOT.” And I laugh.