Yesterday, I went to meet the family at Costco on my lunch break. We were going to use Mikhail’s birthday money to get him his Wii game, Just Dance 3. I noticed that Amie was teary eyed. She related to me that she had gotten a speeding ticket on her way to Costco, costing almost $300. (She was doing 67 in a 50). We sat in the van with the kids and talked about our options etc. (fighting it in court). Mikhail, who had been standing close to Amie with a sad look on his face, leaned over and whispered in her ear. I didn’t hear what he said but Amie burst into tears after he was done. Between sobs, she managed to squeeze out, ‘Thanks Mik, that was sweet but it is all mommy’s fault so you don’t have to donate your birthday money to help me pay it.” Apparently, he had unselfishly whispered to his mom that she can have his money to help her pay her ticket.
That was one of his most touching and unselfish acts to date. He really wanted that game but was willing to give it up just to make his mother happy. This also presented an excellent teaching opportunity as we had to tell him that mommy did a bad thing and even though she was crying, she had to be punished for what she did and that is why she has to pay the ticket herself.