Five-Year-Old Economics

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On Tuesday I drove away from play practice with our five-year-old granddaughter. Along the way, we saw gray smoke rising upward before we came upon a car burning by the side of the road. I was a little uneasy about going past it and she was adamant that we must not. Assured by the policeman standing outside his patrol car nearby, I proceeded cautiously.

I assured her that policemen know about these things and that if he thought it was safe, it must be safe. This prompted lots of questions about who knows what and what it means that some people know how to do some things well while others know how to do other things better.

I reminded her that Wally the repairman had recently fixed their car. I went on to explain that he knows lots about cars, but he may not know how to write history books and that her daddy and her Notty (that’s Ray) know enough about cars to keep us safe, but not enough to fix them themselves.

I was surprised to be having an economics lesson about specialization with a five-year-old!

This prompts me to remind you again that every one of your children doesn’t have to be exactly like one another — or exactly like your friends’ children either.

In the image of God He created him;
male and female He created them
Genesis 1:27


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