My boy used to wear a ring

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  1. Tema Frank says:

    My son’s ring story is a bit different. He was 4 and going to occupational therapy at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. While killing time before his session, we’d often look at the items in the gift shop. One day, just before going into his session, he said “Look what I’ve got, Mummy!” and showed me a little ring with a frog on it that he’d lifted from the store. I was shocked. As soon as his session was over we went back to the shop and I told him he had to return it and apologize for having stolen it.

    The poor kid held it out to the kind old volunteer at the counter and looked down at the ground. He couldn’t speak. Finally she said, kindly, “Did you forget to pay for that?” and he nodded. I resisted the urge to buy it for him. But that was the day I told him he could start earning a small allowance for helping out a bit around the house. That way he’d have money to buy little things that we would not normally have bought for him.

    The sad PS to this story is that by the time he’d finally saved the money to buy the ring they no longer had the frog rings! Maybe that’s why he has such trouble now with the idea of saving money!

  2. twinmom says:

    you forgot the part where the kids told him that “only GIRLS wear rings”. great post, but it still breaks my heart :-(

    • Jay Palter says:

      Yes, you are right. The kids taunt in every way possible. “Then why do Super Bowl champions where big diamond rings when they win?” he should have asked them.

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