I wouldn't describe Jack as materialistic. Although he likes to have stuff and gets excited when he thinks about the next thing he can buy, he doesn't judge people by what they do and do not have and he is just as happy with a piece of paper and a pencil than he is with his Nintendo DS.
That said, he is very interested in money, and having money, and how much things cost, and how he can get rich. Being only eight years old, his concept of "rich" is a little askew. He thinks if he had $10,000 he would be considered rich. And I guess he would be rich, for an eight year old.
Because of his desire to be rich, he is often planning and scheming. He doesn't expect the money just to fall in his lap. He knows he will have to work for it. So he spends time thinking about jobs and asking questions regarding careers and how much people get paid. He puts thought into his future career, trying to take what he loves and determine if he could get rich doing it.
A recent conversation began with him asking what was the best college in the country. When I started explaining about how many colleges there were out there and how colleges were known for being the top for different areas of study, he could see that graduating from the best college in order to get rich wouldn't be as simple as he thought.
That moved on to, "How much do you get paid to own a newspaper? Are people that own newspapers rich?"
I answered that some may be, but some may not be. It depends on how many people buy your newspaper. I guess that sounded too complicated for him, so he asked, "What is the best baseball college?"
I explained to him that there really isn't a baseball college, that you choose your college based on what you want to study and then can play baseball at that college if you make the team.
Also too complicated so he asked, "How much money does a butler make?"
I guess he's hoping to get rich through proximity.
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