You know those machines full of junk toys and one claw.
The one that every kid wants to play and is just frustrating and a money pit.
Yep that one.
Well tonight we were out to dinner.
There was a wait.
Guess what was right new the waiting area.
MB asked to play.
We gave her $1.50 to play 3 times.
She got really close on the 2nd time, but of course it slipped away.
But it was our time to get a table.
Still sad eyes as we sit down.
TB then asks her a series of questions….that went something like this.
“Why do you think they put the claw there for you to play?”
“To make money”
“Yep, that is right”
(Still sad eyes)
“Ok, I have a few questions. How much money did you spend playing the claw”
“First, one dollar, then (counting fingers) 50 cents”
“Ok so how much is that”
“That’s right, and what did you get?”
“But you got to have a little bit of fun?”
“Just a little bit of fun?”
“Yes, a little”
“Now you know at Target all those bins full of fun stuff?”
“How much does everything there cost?”
“Right- so which is more $1.50 or $1.0?”
“That is right…so which would you rather do. Spend $1 and know you were going to get something every time like at Target. Or spend $1.50 on the Claw and maybe get something but probably end up with nothing”
(MB lowers her head)
“spend $1 at Target”
“That’s right” – TB smiles
MB still has those sad eyes. She gets it. She got the answers right…she knew the lesson….
…but even though she knows better she still wants to beat the CLAW.