Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wise Words Wednesday: Set the right example

"Set the right example. It will inspire others."

How appropriate that this was my fortune today (one of many, since I've been eating fortune cookies from the PF Changs catering like they're going out of style...).


This weekend, we hit up the Bojangles drive through for some biscuits. We rarely pay in cash anymore, but we did this time because we needed to make change. I handed Adam the change and had him count it to make sure we didn't get shorted. Turns out, the cashier had given us an extra $20 in change. I made Adam count it twice just to make sure, but before we pulled away, we handed her the extra $20 back. She kind of looked at us like we were crazy, but I'm sure she was grateful.

The boys asked why we gave the money back. Logan actually reasoned that we could have bought the Skylanders figure they had their eye on at Target. We explained to them that it wasn't our money, and it basically would have been like taking it from the cashier who probably would have had to pay it out of her meager paycheck when her drawer came up short.

We said that it was the right thing to do, and if we were the ones who accidentally gave someone too much money, wouldn't we hope they'd do the right thing and give it back? They agreed.

It was a good teachable moment we kind of lucked into (parenting win!) and I really hope Aidan and Logan take it to heart.

PS: another one of my fortunes was this oddly specific and utterly wrong one. But no, I will not let it shake my faith in the power of the almighty fortune cookie wisdom. Especially not after the most appropriate fortune ever.



  1. I love that the boys were with you so you could teach them about being honest!! We need so much more of that in the world.


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