Image by Jeff Bucchino "The Wizard of Draws"

Image by Jeff Bucchino "The Wizard of Draws"

My youngest cub is 4 years old.  He has a very wonderful sense of humour.

While he is still figuring out how to tell jokes that make sense, he often comes up with brilliant observations of the world around us.

The other morning he crawled into bed with us and was welcomed by my regular morning flatulence.  It was a rather splendid work of art that morning and I remarked that my tuba lessons were really starting to pay off.

His reply was very much to the point.  “Daddy,” he said, “Please don’t play your two butts anymore!”


My 9 year old daughter is one of the smartest people that I know.  This past summer she was sharing her dream of owning Toys-R-Us or maybe starting her own toy store.

She was explaining about all the toys that she would have in the store and how they would all be really cheap so everyone could afford them.  Wouldn’t that be great!  It was with much regret that I tried to explain to her the realities of corporate life and we began to discuss the concept of shareholders.

After I explained to her that shareholders have an expectation of receiving profit (and usually as much as possible) and how that affects prices she looked at me and said “They shouldn’t be called shareholders — they should be called greedholders.”