True story

by Jennifer on March 14, 2009

It’s two days ago. The girl is with me in my office and notices my computer monitor, which shows my post about the purchase of a replacement for the lost stuffed javelina (named Java).

She sees the Wanted poster.

“Is there really a $7.95 reward??” she asks.

“Well, it was kind of a joke.” And then. reasoning that the chances I’ll have to pay up are pretty slim, I say, “Sure. If you find Java, I’ll give you $7.95.”

Happy with my answer, she leaves my office, and I return to whatever I was doing.

Not three minutes later – I repeat, not three minutes later (and this is where I’d like y’all to please remember that we spent days looking for that damn javelina) – she comes back and plops Java on my desk. Triumphant. Proud.

Wanting her 7 blippin’ 95.

(Didn’t we all know this would happen?)

This whole time, Java was hanging out in one of the toy baskets in her room. Where we looked at least twice.

Anyone want to try to tell me that my daughter isn’t motivated by money?

And now, the old Java and his replacement are safely (happily?) in The Boy’s classroom.

Probably planning the next escape.

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

natalie March 14, 2009 at 10:19 am

of course. we all knew that would happen! it always happens that way!


Marinka March 14, 2009 at 10:26 am

Look, these are tough times.


Indigo March 14, 2009 at 10:53 am

Without fail, the missing always show up once the replacement is bought. I think it’s too funny she wanted the reward. Too bad she couldn’t tell you before you went and brought the other one. (Hugs)Indigo


Melinda March 14, 2009 at 11:14 am

So, did you pay up?


Jennifer Harvey March 14, 2009 at 11:18 am

Melinda – I will, as soon as I have change for a twenty. 🙂


Mrs. Chili March 14, 2009 at 11:58 am



Smalltown Mom March 14, 2009 at 12:30 pm

You knew he would show up! Classic.


Daryl March 14, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Did she help look originally? Cause I am a firm believer that .. well a fresh eye sees things no one else does .. happens here in Casa Edelstein ALL the time .. HE always insists ‘I looked everywhere ..yes there .. yes there’ .. and then I find it .. so I’m just sayin’

Daryl, Yes she did help originally. Though I mostly remember a lot of whining about helping, so maybe I’m confused. I’m sure I looked through those baskets myself, which only proves your point. 😉 Normally, my uterine tracking device works really well.


Peggy March 14, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Lemme ask you this…was the reward money her idea? Nahhhh!!

At least Java is home safe and sound!


Cath March 14, 2009 at 2:42 pm

She is a born entrepreneur!


flutter March 14, 2009 at 4:29 pm

happy little capitalist, that one!


Heather March 14, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Well, now you know how to find things, don’t you?


Stacie March 14, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Javalina needs an ass beating because he/she has worried you so for so long. You should tell him/her that you love the new Javalina best.


the mama bird diaries March 14, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Wow. She held out for a reward. That girl is smart.


Louise March 14, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Really. It doesn’t get better than this. We knew it would happen, but then I think we thought it really wouldn’t. That motivated by money could be useful (or horrible) in the future!


JCK March 14, 2009 at 10:24 pm

She was just waiting…waiting for you to get the ransom note. I’m sure Java was a happy hostage.


Jessica March 14, 2009 at 11:23 pm

I saw Law in her future or no,, make that an MBA


Treasia/TruckersWife March 15, 2009 at 7:36 am

your daughter sounds much like our two. Money always motivates them to do things. LOL. Glad he was found though.


anymommy March 15, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Clever girl. I’d look for a lost toy for $ 7.95!


Madge March 15, 2009 at 5:50 pm

do you think if i said i lost a million dollars — or my youth — or my beauty — and told girl there was a 7 bleeping 95 reward she’d find it for me?


Jennifer Harvey March 15, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Madge – Let’s face it. Most of us would cough up $7hundred95 for any of those things. My girl’s gonna be rich.


fancy feet March 15, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Smart and savvy girl.
And, laughing at what Madge said.


david mcmahon March 15, 2009 at 9:08 pm

She’s related to a member of my clan!


Mike S March 15, 2009 at 10:57 pm

So nice to see true enterprise at its beginnings;)


Kimberly March 16, 2009 at 12:51 pm

I should not laugh, but I just can’t help myself. Absolutely classic!


jenrantsraves March 16, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Somehow, I KNEW there was going to be more to this story! So, did you tell the teacher the story, and if so, how hard did she laugh?


introspection March 17, 2009 at 3:45 am

Many Congratulations for POTD.
I love your post. I can tell you (from experience) your daughter is going to make it big in the world. She is the big entrepreneur in the making. Move over Mr Bill Gates, here comes the new age Zillionnaire. (billionaires will be passe’ by the time she grows up).
Jennifer you should find change for 20 as soon as you can. That will keep her confidence intact.


Crystal Jigsaw March 17, 2009 at 7:20 am

Absolutely wonderful. She will go far in life.

CJ xx


Indrani March 17, 2009 at 7:24 am

Money motivates! 🙂
Congrats on POTD!


Sandi McBride March 17, 2009 at 8:56 am

Are you quite sure you didn’t overlook a ransom note??? I’d check for that…and then compare the handwriting…might suspicious if you ask me! But glad your Java is returned with all her bits and pieces!
congrats on Post of the Day mention from David!


E March 18, 2009 at 10:46 am

They start out young I tell ya.

Here from authorblog.

P.S. loved that you said y’all.


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