A reader wrote in and commented that Buddy wasn’t getting enough blogtime. So this post is for the Chilean brother.
Buddy is on a quest to be rich. He is ten years old. I think this in part due to the fact that we live in a neighborhood akin to Brentwood, at least by Brazilian standards. Near the front of our gated community sits a house we call The White House. Buddy would like to live there one day. It has a helipad, huge palm trees in the front, a sweeping staircase and a garage that fits ten cars. More servants work at the house than there are actual occupants. This appeals to the child who already feels overwhelmed by his daily chores of dog duty, table setting, and bed making. Buddy’s appreciation of the finer things in life, such as Nike shoes and laptop computers, which his parents will not buy for him, fuels his desire.
Buddy’s life plan is either to be a soccer star or a businessman “like Bill Gates”. In his quest, Buddy has started a savings account, purchased one share of Microsoft, and has started various entrepreneurial businesses. Last summer it was lemonade. The proceeds were used to purchase, with his coworkers, a Barnes & Noble gift certificate for Grandmere who had a broken ankle. He also purchased several pounds of the candy Nerds which he brought home in his backpack and then sold for a tidy profit at school. On our last trip, Buddy purchased 15 pounds of candy having sourced the market: Nerds, Everlasting Gobstoppers, Pixie Sticks. He took orders at 6 p.m. via MSN’s instant messaging.
When told of this enterprise, Poppy commented, “Is this a prelude to drug dealing?”
I certainly hope not.
Buddy was busted last week by a teacher. He has a few Pixie Sticks left, though, that he is going to offload at a birthday party this weekend. While we wish Buddy all the success in the world and applaud his creative spirit, we also advise him that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into the kingdom of God.* File this is the be careful what you wish for column.
*Matthew 19:24. Phyllis today at Bible Study recounted one priest’s interpretation of the kingdom of God as a person’s internal state. Food for thought.