"It's All Yours!" : A Money Counting Life Lesson

"Mom, Josh gave us all the money he found in his car. And, he said we could have it if we could count it!"

There's power in words. 

Twenty-two years ago, a four-year-old, math-savvy preschooler cleaned great-grandpa's pockets. 

"Josh, if you can count it, you can have it!" Great-grandpa quipped. Little did he know his pockets would be empty when he left family Christmas Eve. Josh counted every coin.

Josh left $6.72 richer. Even more important, words--a relationship--reached across tthree generations. Josh had made a connection. The words were encouraging, egging on learning.

Would he really give all he had? 

A challenge and some change, some words and a relationship. Impact.

"Mom, Josh gave us all the money he found in his car. And, he said we could have it if we could count it!"

I inquired. "What?"

"Josh gave us all the money he found in his car and we are counting it. If we count it, we can keep it."

I had heard correctly. I remembered the similar day, a Christmas long ago.

Dimes, in piles of ten, for 100. Pennies in piles of ten for ten. Methodically organized for a simple LAST count. 

$34.15

"Mom, is he serious?"

"There's $34.15 here!"

"Did he know how much was here?"

I bet he did.

Josh wasn't worried.

He gave, but he also inspired--the counting, but also the heart behind the GIFT!

I was thankful for the counting practice, but honestly, what made my heart swell was what the girls experienced.

Someone freely gave to them, not worried about the amount. Just gave. 

"It's all yours!"  meant much more than a pile of change. 

Will they pose the same challenge one day?

I bet they will!