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My youngest son wants to earn money so he can buy games for his myriad gaming systems. He really has his eye on buying a Wii. He theorizes that everyone else has one except him, and he may not be far from the truth on that. We tend to be a little slow with keeping up to date with things, rationalizing that we can make do with what we have. My father recently asked me if we have a CD player because he had a recording he wanted to send me. We’re not that far behind, but that gives you a clue as to how well we keep pace with the 21st century.
So we scoured a couple of parks, the Wal-Mart parking lot and a few streets here and there for aluminum cans. My son can get fifty-five cents per pound for them at our recycling center. I thought it would be a good opportunity for us to do something together, a kind of mother-son outing of sorts.
Here's what we learned:
- There’s a whole lot more plastic lying around out there than aluminum;
- Mosquitoes are just as active in the morning as they are in the evening;
- Parking lots in the park and bleachers around ball fields have more cans than anywhere else;
- We probably spent more in gas driving around than what he’ll earn in aluminum;
- Your car will pick up a distinctive beer odor in proportion to what you recover from your exploring.
I applaud his effort. If I can help him establish a good work ethic and responsible stewardship of his money, those are good character traits for him to have. He already does a good job with tithing out of his allowance. I’ll help all I can to shape godly character in him.
Except, he’s okay with people throwing garbage into our yard now. Actually, only if it’s aluminum cans. I’m not sure I can go for a selective littering policy for the sake of character development.
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