We were walking to the butcher to pick out something for dinner. We passed a house where an Australian man was cleaning out a recently vacated house. He was piling stuff beside the road with a big "FREE" sign.
Me: Should we take those (plastic lawn) chairs home?
Schatz (solemnly): No, Mommy. That's stealing.
Me: It's not stealing. He's giving them away.
While I was showing Schatz the sign, the Aussie brought out another load of stuff.
Schatz: Excuse me, sir. Who do we pay for these chairs?
The Aussie: You don't need to pay, Luv. It's all free.
Schatz: Is that okay if we bring these chairs to my house for my Papa?
The Aussie: Take whatever you like.
We went to pile up the chairs where Schatz found a huge framed photograph of a Thorny Devil. It's a lizard that is indigenous to Australia. It became Schatz's favorite animal about a month ago after reading a book a girlfriend gave the girls when we left Colorado.
Schatz (shocked): MOM! Is he giving THIS away, too!?!
Me: Yes, do you think we need that, too?
Schatz (softly) Oh, yes, Mom. I need this.
Me: Okay. We'll take it home and clean it up. Maybe Dad will hang it on your wall.
Schatz: How can he be JUST GIVING THIS AWAY? Is he CRAZY!?!
Me: I don't think so.
We walked home with our stuff. Every once in awhile Schatz would comment on her luck.
Schatz (referring to the thorny devil): Oh, mom. She's beautiful! We are so LUCKY!!
a block later
Schatz (spontaneously giggling): I just can't even believe it!! This is so AWESOME!
Schatz: He was just going to throw away this TREASURE!!
3 weeks ago