Posted by Keith | Posted in School Projects, Ty | Posted on 26-03-2012
Yeah, you read that right, it’s if I had $100, not a million dollars, not even a thousand dollars, but a mere one hundred dollars; I guess I’m what some would call a small dreamer. Seriously though, I don’t sit around spending my free time dreaming about that elusive $100 bill, but I have been recently wondering what I would do with the money thanks to an assignment that Ty was given at school last week. His answer was so hilarious, that it made me wonder of all the possibilities that an extra one hundred dollars could unlock. Seeing as how I’m an adult now, those possibilities were pretty limited; but for a 7 year old, apparently $100 equates to “the sky’s the limit”
Ty brought home is project and Fefe reviewed it before I got home. When I came home she quickly urged me to look over Ty’s schoolwork. I honestly wasn’t looking forward to this task immediately after coming home from work, but she made it seem as if this assignment needed immediately attention. The title of the assignment was “What Would You Do With $100?”, the students were to draw a picture & then write a few sentences detailing their lofty purchases. I reviewed Ty’s picture and failed to see the importance or hilarity in this assignment. The boy drew what appeared to be a pretty standard car. I thought to myself “Fefe needs to get her internal importance meter checked”. I mean what’s so spectacular about the boy wanting to buy a remote control car, or a bunch of Hot Wheels with his imaginary $100? Then I read his description of the purchase and her response all made sense.
The writing portion of Ty’s assignment went a little something like this: “If I had $100 I would buy a Lamborghini. It can go fast and I can buy rims and speakers that can go “boom boom”. I will paint it black”. Talk about delusions of grandeur! Really Ty? Really? The kids comprehension test scores are off the charts, so I know he didn’t misunderstand the assignment and potentially think the question asked what would you do with a personal genie as your indentured servant! This leads me to believe that the kid obviously has no concept of purchasing power. Hell, if $100 gets you not only a Lamborghini, but rims, speakers, and a custom paint job, then I must be extremely close to finally purchasing that space ship that I’ve had my eye on for quite some time.
This assignment was awesome and it truly put a smile on my face. As an adult, often times we get so wrapped up in bills, mortgages, car notes, etc. that we never take a moment to dream. Ty’s answer to his assignment (regardless of how delusional it was) gave me an opportunity to dream a little, and think about what I would do with an extra hundred dollars; both at my current age (now that I know the value of a dollar) and if I put myself in Ty’s shoes (where $100 is the equivalent of owning an oil refinery in Iraq.
So with an extra $100, (all bills paid) a grown up Keith would most likely buy….man, this is harder than I thought, $100 doesn’t go very far in the adult world, so it’s not like I can go buy that golf cart I’ve been eyeing, or the snow mobile that I can’t wait to get my hands on (did I mention that my Birthday is in 2weeks? Hint Hint). So with $100, I’d probably buy a new video game (I know, real grown up of me right?) and a bottle of Hennessy.
Now if I were asked this question back when I was 7 years old, my answer would undoubtedly have been to purchase every Ninja Turtle action figure ever made. Honestly, I think that goal may have been quite attainable, those things were only like $5 each back then. I know my answer isn’t as ambitious as Ty’s was, but hey, maybe that’s why I’m merely a lowly blogger and he may grow up to be the next
Madoff skilled visionary.
So now it’s your turn: what would you do with an extra $100 today and what would you have done with it when you were 7 years old? Can’t wait to hear your responses.