SE Hilarious! I wonder how many people would claim to be the owner of the $50 bill found in a gym bag? We would probably have hundreds of calls!
I didn't punish anyone. When I thought about it, punishing the one who waited to say something versus the one who said something right away would be counter-productive to good parenting. It would just teach them that telling the truth would get them into trouble. So we discussed how much that money could buy at the grocery store to a struggling family, and how much the $50 bill could buy. My youngest son said that maybe it was God helping us out for the moment since we are a struggling family......I set his mind at ease about how we may not have much money on hand, we are by no means struggling. The bills are paid, we have food, a home, and enough to buy some small things for Christmas. They have never had a huge Christmas even when things were better. I never thought it was a good idea to have tons of gifts for my boys, they rarely played with the toys that the extended family bought anyway. So I always provided a few treasured things and gloves, hats, scarves, crayons, etc. I tried to teach them that it is the thought and time put into a gift, not the amount spent on it.
Still waiting to hear from the friend if it was their $50. They moved to Virginia, we are in Pennsylvania. I am hoping that it is not a child at school whose parent gave them that much for lunch money, and they went home yesterday to get in trouble because they lost it. I don't think that is likely.....what kid would carry that much in his gym shorts to put it in the wrong gym locker and gym bag? Still, it needs to be checked so that none of us feels as though we stole it from someone who needed it. Maybe it is just a coincedence and they get to keep their found cash......I wish I was my 11-year-old with a $50 bill!