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The cost of a sucker

DumDums from troyerscountrymarket.com

DumDums from troyerscountrymarket.com

On Saturday morning my husband and I awoke to the sound of negotiations and candy wrappers right outside our bedroom door.

We listened for a few minutes and determined that governmental intervention was needed. The older two were selling candy to our youngest son for the price of $1/sucker. Now, our youngest only has about $5 to his name, so there wouldn’t have been too many transactions, but the last thing we needed on a Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. was a four year old on a free-for-all-sugar-high. This wasn’t even high quality candy like Heath Bars or Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups, these were the kind of free DumDums that come from the bank.

So, being the oppressive dictator type parents that we are, we stepped in with some price-fixing and quantity control. In our house now, sibling candy sales can now only be made after lunch for the cost of $.10/sucker.

Not to start getting all political, but my husband and I later wondered if this is how ‘the government’ thinks of us ‘little people?’ Do they consider us ignorant followers who need to be protected? They invent programs and services they think we need and then tax us for them.

We definitely felt the need to protect our littlest, but did he really need our protection? Maybe we should have given our little guy the more credit. Looking back at the situation, he was making a decision that he would rather have a sucker than a piece of green paper. The green paper doesn’t really mean anything to him, but that sucker, now that has value in his mind.

The older siblings have a better understanding of the green paper as they sometimes get to spend it at the book fair at their school or in the dollar bins at Target on desirables that I refuse to buy for them. But even so, none of them are probably quite ready for a totally free market system.

So until the youngest gets a little street smarter, the rules stated above still stand and if there are any complaints feel free to whine in your room with the door closed as much as you want.

Lessons learned:

Husband and I – maybe there is a time and place for a little price fixing

Youngest sucker – candy isn’t worth the green paper kind of money, just the little round silver kind

Oldest siblings – when trying to sucker the youngest sucker, pick a better location than right outside your parent’s bedroom