Children are absolutely amazing on so many different levels but sometimes, they take us by surprise for all the right reasons. From the moment that they are born, they begin to learn and they soak in everything that is taking place in the world around them. When you really stop to think about it, a child is able to learn a complex language and social skills within the first few years of life and it doesn’t stop there! That is clearly seen in the following joke about a little girl who was able to help out on the construction crew. She was also soaking in everything, but it wasn’t all ‘child-appropriate’.
A young family moved into a house next to a vacant lot. One day, a construction crew turned up to start building a house on the empty lot. The young family’s 5-year-old daughter naturally took an interest in all the activity going on next door and spent much of each day observing the workers. Eventually the construction crew, all of them “gems-in-the-rough” more or less, had adopted her as a kind of project mascot. They chatted with her, let her sit with them while they had coffee and lunch breaks, and gave her little jobs to do here and there to make her feel important. At the end of the first week, they even presented her with a pay envelope containing ten dollars.
The little girl took this home to her mother who suggested that she take her ten dollars “pay” she’d received to the bank the next day to start a savings account. When the girl and her mom got to the bank, the teller was equally impressed and asked the little girl how she had come by her very own paycheck at such a young age. The little girl proudly replied: “I worked last week with a real construction crew building the new house next door to us.” “Oh my goodness gracious,” said the teller, “and will you be working on the house again this week, too?” The little girl replied, “I will, if those jerks from the lumber yard ever deliver the friggin’ sheetrock!”