Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The bar for "rich" is lower when you're six years old.

As a small child, I was pretty sure that money (by which I mean quarters and dimes and such) was something that was just spontaneously generated in the pockets and purses of adults, the way corn grows in fields. Magic, basically.

It wasn't until second or third grade, when I started bringing in the mail every day for a quarter a week, that I began to grasp that money actually came from someplace. Namely, money was a thing that was created by doing things you don't want to do, so that you can then use it to get stuff that you want.