In Ben's nine years of life he has :
:Read countless books on World War 2.
:Started numerous businesses (including his latest book mark company)
:Catches a Preying Mantis every summer so he can feel like he has a pet. ( I know! We are horrible parents)
:Eaten more Sushi, sardines, and crab then most adults I know.
He also has a goal to see the Pickle Boys in New York. Now, I am sure you are asking yourselves, who are the pickle boys? Well, they are not a band. It is a pickle shop in New York that he saw on the Food Network. So, at age 7 I told him if he saved all his money and could pay for his plane ticket and hotel, I would take him. ( It was one of those things you say, but never expect to have to do.)
Starting that day Ben was on a mission. Examples:
At the Grocery Store
Me: Everyone pick out a candy bar.
Ben: Can I have the $.59 cents instead?
What do you want for Christmas?
Ben: Money for New York.
Who wants to rake every leaf in our backyard for .50 cents
Ben! I'll do it!!!
Congratulations Ben! After 2 long years (for mom too) you are only 30 dollars shy, and I have a good idea that Grandma Hatch will provide the rest for your birthday.
New York here we come! Happy Birthday Ben.