Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Boy is my son going to be excited...

In my most recent haul of 165,000 cards that I have been going through, I found something quite interesting.  First, I found a packet of star wars cards.  Then I found about 2,000 other star wars cards.  My son is a *HUGE* star wars fan (He even wrote a fan letter to George Lucas!)  Immediately, when my wife and I find something having to do with star wars, we consider getting it for our son, but more often than not, we don't - we don't want him to be one of those kids who has everything, and turns out to be a spoiled brat.  He has a lot as it is. 

Staying true to form, I first jumped and said WOW!!!  He's gonna loooooove these cards!  Then ... wait....stop that!  I can't just give him all 2,000 of these cards! 

Why? You may ask - well, when I was a kid, I was really into the book series of the Bobsey Twins.  I just loved their books.  I would save up my money and buy one as often as I could, and I would just devour its contents.  One day, my folks went to a garage sale, and what did they find?  An ENTIRE VOLUME of Bobsey Twins books!  They were excited, I'm sure - much like I was when I found these Star Wars cards, but a strange thing happened.  Do you how many of those books I read?  None.  I didn't read a single one of them.  I was super interested when I had to buy them, and the quantity was scare for me, but when it was plentiful and free, I simply didn't have a desire to read anymore. 

Rather than give him all 2,000, (he doesn't know I have these) I pulled out one and showed it to him.  I told him if he can be good for mom (she homeschools him) during school work today, that I will give him that one card. 

Guess what?  He is ecstatic about it!  Super happy.  I told my wife I think I have a stockpile of what can get him through until college now. 

I guess kids really don't need a glut of "stuff" to be happy.  There is truly something to be said about having to earn things, and being happy/content with what you have. 


  1. Oh The Bobsey Twins Effect.

    And very true.

  2. Ahhh yes, you know very well of the BTE. Quite possibly one of two people on the planet who have heard of it before I posted it here!