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The Dirty 20c Piece in the Voltron Moneybox

My son inherited a Voltron moneybox from his dad.  It’s ugly as all getup, but hubby reckons it’s a collector’s item – this said while demonstrating a strange, primal connection to the faded plastic piece of, eh-hem, memorabilia. Every so often our money-obsessed three-year-old upends its contents and either makes out he’s counting the coins or acts the pirate and hides his “treasure” around the house.  In a recent attempt to avert the second outcome, I suggested he sort the coins into colours, then into sizes. It entertained him for a good 45 minutes! At one point he came to me with three 20c pieces clutched in his little hand and said, “Mummy, can I put these in the bin? They’re dirty.”  It was true. They were dirty, coated in grime of some description, tarnished, not as bright as the rest. I said to him, “They are dirty, sweetheart, but they are just as valuable as the rest.” BOOM. As the words fell out of my mouth I heard echoes of Jesus’ teachings.  I couldn’t …