Addie won a HUGE $100 bill at an arcade the other night - you know the kind, the size of a regular sheet of paper, worth close to $.00003, but the kids think it's a-ma-zing. She was studying it in the car this morning, and our conversation went something like this:
"Who is this guy anyway? Is he our mayor?"
"No, he's not our mayor. His name is Benjamin Franklin."
"Oh. Is Benjamin Franklin really old?"
"Well, he lived a really long time ago, so he's not alive anymore."
"Oh, that's very sad! Was he alive when you were little?"
"No, like a really, really long time ago."
"Like when Jesus was a baby?"
"No, after that. A long time after that."
"Is he really important and that's why he gets to be on money?"
"Well, yeah. He did a lot of important things for our country when it first started."
"And you can only be on money if you don't smile?"
"Well, he's not smiling. Is that because he's important or because he's on money? Why is he so sad?"
"He was just posing for a serious picture."
"Well Jesus was happy and maybe that's why he's not on money. But he IS important."
"I'm just really sad he died. Poor Ben."
"And I think it's just really sad he never got to be the mayor."