Avery taught Aurora how to say the word money a couple of days ago. Not like Aurora knows the meaning of the word, and not like she spontaneously says the word, but if prompted, mostly by Avery, then Aurora will repeat the word, clear enough for us to know what she’s saying, even if someone not proficient in baby talk might not guess that the word Aurora is saying is money.
Shaun is convinced that Avery will grow up to be a republican. Or a capitalist. In stores, Avery will ask me if we’re there to get money, and when I tell Avery that we are definitely not in the store to get money, he disagrees, and will look around the store for spare change. He rarely leaves a store without something, and this spare change he finds goes into his piggy bank, which is more than six months full of change, some of it found, most of it earned by his doing things around the house.
“Money,” Avery says, when he wants to tip over piggy and see how much he has.
“We don’t open the pig,” I tell Avery.
“But it’s mine,” he says asks says.
“Yes, Avery,” I tell him, “the pig money is yours.”