The Fruits of Saving: Spending Your Allowance
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Checking the Instructions -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/80 sec, f/6.3, ISO 6400 — full exif
Checking the Instructions

Since starting first grade, Anthony has been collecting an allowance. He gets 50 yen a day (about US$3.60/week), which is substantially more than the five-cents-a-week that I got 40 years ago, but still much less than many of my own peers got at the time. In any case, 50 yen a day seems to be the right amount to help instill a sense of value and a respect for saving.

He's still not really grasping the concept of money – value to him is in the physical number of coins, not in their amount – but it's coming along. He'd not spent anything lately, so he had a big pile of coins that added up to almost $20, and was in the mood today to spend it.

Fumie took him shopping, and he selected a Lego set that cost just about exactly what he had, and came home and put it together.

His Selection -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/100 sec, f/3.2, ISO 2500 — full exif
His Selection

The instructions that come with these kinds of Lego sets are absolutely atrocious, designed neither for humans nor, apparently, by humans. But, he's got a lot of experience, and so seemed to have no trouble.

Boat Included -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 62 mm — 1/100 sec, f/3.2, ISO 2800 — full exif
Boat Included
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/100 sec, f/3.2, ISO 2500 — full exif

All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

Wow! Legos have sure changed since you were a kid. In fact, that might be the last time I looked at them as I finally put them away for good. I’d planned to get them out when all of you come home this summer, but won’t they seem like antiques to the children? As would Tinkertoys.

— comment by Grandma Friedl, Ohio, USA on June 15th, 2009 at 12:36am JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Wow, Anthony is getting big. Your photos make his legs look so long. I like the perspective.
Earnie

— comment by Earnest Barr from Amami on June 16th, 2009 at 1:36am JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink
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