This morning I was walking my five-year-old to school. The first text message this morning was from her school reminding me that it was “Book Fair” day at her school today. I only had 10 dollars cash on me and was worried that it would not be enough for her to take with her. So I asked my middle daughter to borrow another 10 dollars to make sure she had enough money to buy the books she wanted. I wanted to make sure she didn’t feel left out and I wanted her to feel like she had enough money to buy some books that she wanted.
When we first started our journey to school, she pointed out to me how the tiny leaves that had fallen off the tree that she was looking at as she ran them over with her scooter, looked like yellow worms. I marveled at how easily “in the present moment” she always was. Then, dismissed the gentle calling to stay in the moment with my daughter and proceeded to tell her about how the book fair would go and what kinds of books she was going to see and I explained to her about how certain books were going to be this much and certain books were going to be that much. She understood, but at that moment I understood something too.
I was teaching her subconsciously to get out of the moment and focus on the future and what was going to happen in the future versus what was happening right now. How easy it is for young children to stay in the moment. As we get older and have more experiences about what could happen in the future, we tend to naturally focus on preventing this and preparing for that. We forget to live in the present moment. We forget that literally, Happiness is the way.
Another lesson that I was teaching her was about money. I was giving her 20 dollars to spend as she wished at a bookstore. She will today start the lesson of how it feels to purchase something and notice if she has enough money. She will notice if her friends have enough money, or if they even brought money. At this point in my journey, I’m not sure if I was right to send a 5-year-old to school with 20 dollars in her hand to spend. I only know that I was trying my best to prevent a mindset of scarcity that she could carry for the rest of her life. This suttle 20 dollars could possibly teach her that she has enough always and that she is always provided for.