Money for Grandma's Gift
Do you talk to your kids about money, and if yes, what do you teach them about this complex subject? In this story, little girl Melinda wants to buy a gift for grandma's birthday. Instead of giving her money directly, Melinda's parents give her the opportunity to figure something out herself. Is Melinda successful in accomplishing her 'mission impossible'? Please take a listen!
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"Grandma's birthday is coming up, and I wanted to buy her a bag of coffee beans from our favorite coffee shop." Melinda declared to her mom.

"Do you have money for it?" Melinda's mom asks.

"Will what I have in my piggy bank be enough?"

"Maybe not ."

"Then how can I make money?", Melinda is now worried.

"I don't know if you can get a job, but what about selling your toys? You could display them in our yard and see if people would want to buy them."

"I don't want to sell my toys, mom! ", Melinda says.

"Oh right, well I guess we'll just have to think of something else," says her mother.

Melinda walks back to her room trying to figure something out. She then remembers her treasure box sitting under her bed. She drags the box out and rummages through the box until she finds a small wooden chest with strange symbols on it. She opens it carefully, and inside are tiny figurines made from clay. There are three of them: a man, an elf, and one that is neither man nor elf but has both human and elf features.

"I remember these. I made them in the craft class last year! The teacher said I have a great imagination. I think I know what to do now," Melinda says with excitement.

Melinda puts on her coat and heads outside to find people willing to buy her figurines. She has no trouble selling all three because they are so unique, and nobody has seen anything like that before.

"I have enough money for grandma's gift!" Melinda tells her mother as she comes home with the coffee beans from their favorite coffee shop in tow.

"But where did you get money from?" Melinda senses some anger in her mom's voice and begins to cry while explaining what she has done, and she apologizes for not have asked permission from her mother or father first.

"Oh, don't cry baby. I am so proud of you," Melinda's mother says, "I can't believe you sold the figurines you made to buy grandma a gift!"

Melinda's father comes home from work and greets his wife and daughter. "How were your day ladies?".

"Great!" Melinda answers, "I made some money today." She holds up the coins in her hand so that her father can see them.

"You did? How did you do that?".

Melinda tells her dad all about the figurines. Her dad is not only very proud but also encourages her to make more.

The next day, when Melinda's mother comes home from work, she asks "I'm going to go to the store, do you want to go with me?"

"Sure!" Melinda agrees. "I'll take my figurines with me so I can show them to the store owner."

When they get to the store, they see that it is full of all sorts of toys but there are no figurines like Melinda's anywhere in sight.

The store owner is very nice. He agrees for Melinda to sell her figurines in the store and shows Melinda where she can put her figurines. As soon as she puts them down, a young woman walks by and sees them.

"Oh, my goodness," the woman gasps, "those are the most beautiful figurines I have ever seen! How much do you want for each one of them?"

Melinda tells her that they are $5 each, and the woman hands over the money immediately. Melinda gives one dollar to the store owner, one dollar to her mother for taking her there.

Melinda is so excited about her experience that she can't wait to get home and tell her father all about it. When they walk in the door, Melinda's father is reading the newspaper.

"I made lots of money today," Melinda tells him, "I'm going to put it in my piggy bank now."

"Wow!" Her father says, "Your figurines must be so popular. I'm very proud of you for doing such a good job on your own. I hope you know that you can always make money on your own when you know how."

Melinda feels so grown up and responsible now, that she has money from her own work.
"奶奶的生日快到了,我想从我们最喜欢的咖啡店给她买一袋咖啡豆。"梅琳达向她妈妈宣布。

"你有钱吗?"梅琳达的妈妈问道。

"我存钱罐里的钱够吗?"

"也许不够。"

"那我怎么赚钱妈妈?"梅琳达担心地问道。

"你找工作可能有点难,但卖掉你的玩具怎么样?你可以把它们展示在我们的院子里,看看有没有人感兴趣。"

"我不想卖我的玩具妈妈!",梅琳达说。

"好吧,那我们得想点别的办法了。"

梅琳达朝她的房间走去,边走边想办法。突然她想起了她藏在床底下的宝贝。她把一个大盒子拖了出来,翻了半天,直到她找到一个小木盒,上面有奇怪的符号。她小心地打开它,里面是用粘土制成的小人儿。一共有三个:一个人,一个精灵,一个既不是人也不是精灵,但兼具人类和精灵的特征。

"啊,我记得这些。我去年在工艺课上做的!老师还说我想象力丰富呢。我想我知道该怎么做了,"梅琳达兴奋地说。

她穿上外套,到大街上去找愿意购买她的泥人儿的人。她毫不费力就把这三个卖掉了。因为它们非常特别,以前没有人见过这样的泥人儿。

"我有足够的钱给奶奶买礼物啦!"梅琳达回到家,手里抱着给奶奶从他们最喜欢的咖啡店里买的咖啡豆。

"可是你从哪里弄到钱的?"梅琳达从妈妈的语气中感觉到了一些愤怒,边哭边解释自己的所作所为,并为没有先征得父母的同意道歉。

"哦,别哭了,宝贝。妈妈真为你骄傲!我不敢相信你卖掉了你制作的小泥人儿来给奶奶买礼物!"

梅琳达的爸爸下班回家了。 "女士们今天过得怎么样?"。

"很棒的!"梅琳达回答说:"我今天赚钱啦。"她把手里的硬币举起来,让父亲看到。

"是吗?你是怎么赚的?"她父亲问。

梅琳达告诉爸爸关于小泥人儿的一切。她的父亲不仅非常骄傲,而且还鼓励她多做一些小泥人儿。

第二天,当梅琳达的妈妈下班回家时,她问:"我要去商店,你要和我一起去吗?"

"好!"梅琳达回答道。 "我会带着我的小泥人儿,这样我就可以给店主看。"

当他们到达商店时,他们看到里面摆满了各种各样的玩具,但是没有像梅琳达那样的小泥人儿。

店主非常友好。 他同意梅琳达在他的店里卖小泥人儿,并告诉梅琳达可以放在哪儿。梅琳达刚把她的泥人儿放在架子上,就有一名年轻女子走过。

"我的天哪,"女人惊叹着说,"这些是我见过的最漂亮的小泥人儿!多少钱一个?"

梅琳达告诉她,每个 5 美元,女人立即买了一个。梅琳达给了店主一美元,又给她妈妈一美元来谢谢她带自己过来。

梅琳达兴奋极了,她迫不及待地想回家告诉她父亲这一切。当他们走进门时,梅琳达的爸爸正在看报纸。

"我今天赚了很多钱,"梅琳达告诉他,"我现在要把它存进我的存钱罐。"

她的爸爸说:"你的小泥人儿一定很受欢迎。我真为你自豪。我希望你记得,只要你知道方法,你总是可以靠自己赚钱。"

梅琳达现在觉得自己是大人了,很有责任感,因为她可以自己赚钱了。

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