economics of an eight year old…

… Last night my son went trick-or-treating with a group of friends. At the end of the evening they all headed back to one friend’s home to count their hard sought spoils, when suddenly one parent suggested the kids dump all their candy in one large pile then equally distribute it among them.

You should have seen the horror on their little faces at the idea. My son was having none of it and boldly declared, “My mom says redistribution is just a euphemism for theft. Hands off my candy, lady.”

Ah, it makes the heart swell with pride.

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  • you are one fine mom.

  • That is just too awesome for words!!

  • rebecca de anda boucher

    AWESOME!!! 😀

  • Excellent!

  • You have no idea how much that made my soul smile. I think there may have even been a few of those saccharine-y twinkles just for effect.

    You should be proud. Very rightly so. AMEN!

  • maizie13

    Smart boy!! Good for you and him!

  • Egordillo

    I don’t agree, sorry.

  • Oh this made my day!

  • Zach Foreman

    Yes, Halloween is a perfect time to educate children in fairness. You could also have given candy according to race and gender, more to minorities and fewer to white males. Or maybe another parent could have announced a candy tax which was progressive, say 10% for those with half a bag of candy and 30% for those with a full bag. Then redistribute the rest, with a healthy government salary of half the candy for the hard-working parent who does the taxation and redistribution. I think all kids are libertarians when it comes to trick-or-treating.

  • Worm

    And this is why 1% of the children get 99% of the candy.

  • Rfrendz

    I was proud of him when we suggested giving the trick or treaters some of his candy because we ran out. He was reluctant at first, but then thought it through. He willingly shared his own candy. He decided to pick pieces that he didn’t need or like and give those away. It was his decision. He didn’t have to do it if he didn’t want to. When the time came to hand out the candy, he reach in his bag without looking and handed handfuls to each child without picking through them first. We then told him to just hand out one per child. Fortunately for him, the trick or treating had pretty much finished for the night. He made us all proud.
    Giving and sharing should be taught, but the true worth is when it is done freely and from the heart. if you are forced to give away what you worked for, there is resentment and no good comes of it. The child who worked hard for it gets bitter and the child who did nothing and got from the others does less next time.
    ‘To those who invest wisely, more will be given. To those who waste, even what they have will be taken from them.’ God’s words, not mine.

  • Captain Peabody

    I remember when I and my brothers were younger, every year on Halloween night or the day after, we would hold a giant “Candy trading session” where we would sit on the floor, pour out our candy into individual piles, and try to make clever trades with each other for the candy we liked. It was a lot of fun.

    Skittles, Starbursts, and any kind of “unique” or scarce candy fetched the most. We couldn’t pay each other to take the Mary Janes, though.

    So…candy economics as the pathway to a better future? I’m all for it!

    • Ink

      I do that with my sisters! Almond Joys are the hardest to pass off because none of us like coconut.