GC and Rosie and I were out walking on Saturday afternoon, when we encountered the following scene.
Two boys, perhaps eleven or twelve years old, had climbed up on top of a structure by the fountain in Centrepoint Park. They were perched up there dispensing financial advice to a somber-looking boy of about eight, who was sitting on the ground, listening attentively.
We missed the first part, and the last part, but we caught the middle. Here’s what we heard:
“…then go to university but keep living with your mom and then get a good job but don’t move out, keep living with your mom until you’ve saved enough money to buy a house. Whatever you do, don’t borrow any money, don’t use credit for anything, don’t have any credit cards, you don’t want any debt at all, this is very important. Then after you buy your house, you can move out of your mom’s house and get married and…”
I don’t remember thinking about stuff like this when I was a little kid. Did you? Are these kids unusual, or do kids think about these things now?
I wish I’d stopped and asked some of the many questions that have since occurred to me. I’d also love to follow up in 20 years and see how things have shaken out for these three boys.
I have questions for their moms too. For all you parents out there: Would you agree to the part laid out for you in a plan like this?