By Diane Ako
My six year old recently asked about the price of houses in Hawaii. Hoo, boy. How do I convey the concept of half a million dollars?
I related it to her allowance, which is paid in quarters. I told her to imagine our whole house filled with quarters.
"I'm going to live with you," she declared after letting this visual sink in. "It's a lot of money to buy a house." It would be funny if not for the fact that it's so common for actual adult children - and their children - to do in Hawaii today.
Trying not to feel used for money, I said, "Or is it because you want to be near Mommy?"
"I want to be near Mommy!" she quickly agreed. So cute, so cute.
Until she added, "Plus, I want to have some memories of you when you die." Oh, so much less cute.