We had a slightly early seder with Jon’s parents on Sunday (working around a business trip), and as the youngest child who was not Sam, Nathan was given the job of hiding the afikomen. He did so (in plain sight, of course), and then spent the rest of the meal repeatedly asking if it was time to find it. (He’s equally foggy on the point of hide-and-seek.)
When it finally was time to end the meal, he happily tried to lead Zayde right to it, which led to an entertaining reverse negotiation where Nathan continued to not really understand what was going on. Eventually, Zayde handed over $20, which could have been 5 cents for all Nathan cared, since he just wanted to show his hiding spot. However, in the course of this discussion Zayde tried to explain how money can be used to purchase goods and services, and suggested that he could go to the store and buy a truck.
Well. Now you’re talking. A little lightbulb went on over his head, and I had to restrain him from interrupting the pouring-out-thy-wrath bit with his brilliant idea.
His pitch: “Zayde, I have a deal for you.” (I may have suggested that particular phrasing, but the concept was his.) “I will give you $20 to buy THIS truck from you.” (Indicating his favorite truck among the extensive Beeba & Zayde truck collection.) Zayde was greatly amused and agreed to this bargain, so Nathan is now the proud owner of a giant Bruder crane which makes a horrible clicking noise when you wind up the winch. Happy Passover!