The Boy, The Brain, and The Money.

9 Aug

For weeks boyo has been asking for a “coin catalog” for his birthday. Specifically: a yellow coin catalog.

I have been scratching my head on this one… A little giddy because he seems to be taking an interest in something non-digital… A little confused as, while he loves his piggy bank/money jar, he really has no understanding of money, and I have no idea where this interest might have come from. There was an episode of The Simpson’s where Bart and Homer take up coin collecting, but boy doesn’t have much of an interest in “Spongebob” (we think that he thinks that The Simpson’s is a spinoff from “Spongebob Squarepants”….It’s the jaundiced coloring, me thinks….)…

Strolling through the web today I found the McMaster-Carr book of wonder. Eureka! The boy wants to make stuff! My little engineering genius… Always trying to figure out how things work, now he wants to make things work… Woohoo!

He did concur that he would like the McMaster-Carr catalog, as would I.

Then he told me that the yellow coin catalog in question has a screen…

Off to search again…
On Amazon.com we played around and he expressed that this “catalog” had a sorting function, so we browsed coin sorters and finally found one with a screen.

Boy wants a toy bank ATM….

A few more questions later and I found out that an ATM (even a real one at a bank) is, to boy, a catalog.

Here’s how they work:
You insert your card
You order your items (in this case, cash) by pressing the buttons
The ATM prints your money to order, when it dispenses it, it is “shipping” your order….

Hence, it is like a catalog.

He is so happy we finally figured it out. So are we.

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