We just returned from a successful trip at the blueberry patch with Auntie and Grandma. My husbands family has a long history of picking from this field, and Grandma was giving telling us stories in the car on the return trip.
Her Grandpa, my Kids Great-great-grandpa was well known for being quite good with money. She was telling about a trip his family had taken to visit some friends in Kansas.
Apparently this family was quite well to-do, selling grain elevators to the nearby farms. Because of the tough times in those days, this family wanted to treat all the kids at the local store. So they gave each kid a nickel and told them to get whatever they wanted. The other kids ran to the candy counter and had little baggies filled with candy. Great-great grandpa instead went over to the shelf and picked out a beautiful vase. He wanted something that he could keep and reuse.
This same great-great-grandpa spent a whole summer when he was twelve years old picking strawberries for a nearby farm. At the end of the summer he spent all of his earnings on a bedroom set. Not your usual choice for a boy of 12! He had taken seriously the admonition that a young man must plan ahead for the future.
Now, Grandma, who saves EVERYTHING, not only still has the vase and the bedroom set, she also has these great stories to pass on to my kids.
I like what this teaches my kids about money, and I like how this teaches my kids about money. Every family has a money story or two, why don't you find one to keep on hand for when your kids need a distraction. They will love to hear about when mommy or grandma was a little girl.
And here's the world's easiest Blueberry syrup recipe:
3 c. Blueberries
2/3 c. light corn syrup
dash of salt
Put all ingredients in a blender, cover and run on "liquid" setting until smooth. Pour into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Let boil 5 minutes, constantly stirring.
Serve warm over waffles, pancakes, or even ice cream!
Makes 3 1/2 cups. You can also chill this and reheat it for later