Smart, by Shel Silverstein:
My dad gave me one dollar bill
‘Cause I’m his smartest son,
And I swapped it for two shiny quarters
‘Cause two is more than one!
And then I took the quarters
And traded them to Lou
For three dimes — I guess he didn’t know
That three is more than two!
Just then, along came old blind Bates
And just ’cause he can’t see
He gave me four nickels for my three dimes,
And four is more than three!
And then I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs
Down at the seed-feed store,
And the fool gave me five pennies for them,
And five is more than four!
And then I went and showed my dad,
And he got red in the cheeks
And closed his eyes and shook his head —
Too proud of me to speak!
A great poem that reminds me about how important we are as parents when we try to teach children things. We can teach them that more is better only to have our wonderful offspring, bearers of our best genes, swap one dollar for five pennies.
That’s life, a series of lessons, not just one. We’ve never taught our kids to be honest, to be great, or to be themselves – we are constantly teaching them, it’s never over.