Prepare to sob. OK, tissues ready? An eleven-year-old boy in Ohio has set up a giant sign in front of his family’s house with just two words: TOY SALE.
And every cent he earns is going back to help his unemployed dad feed the family.
Perhaps I should have issued a two-tissue warning?
Zach McGuire was interviewed on CNN explaining that his family can’t eat toys or live in toys. “Even though they are fun, you don’t need them,” the youngster said.
True enough, but it’s sad that an eleven-year-old has to learn that the hard way though. His dad, Tom, is a contractor who hasn’t gotten a job since December. Add in a major job he did last summer that he’s still waiting to be paid for, and the family is hurting big time in this economy. Dad says he’s well aware he can’t rely on his son’s toy sale money; he’s looking for work.
But I’m glad to see him allow his son to at least try to help the family. The toy sales probably won’t amount to much, but he’s instilling a sense of value in his son . . . both in the value of material possessions and a value of his place in the family. By “helping,” with his sales, Zach gets to know he’s worth his spot in the family food chain too.
Not to mention the relief that floods over you when you realize your kid doesn’t think they need all the six thousand toys most of today’s kids (mine included) accumulate.
Would you let your kids do something like this?