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Amanda Lamb: If I had a million dollars

Posted November 7, 2010
Updated November 28, 2010

"I'm so hungry, I'm going to die. I need a cereal bar," my youngest tells me putting the back of her hand to her head in a mock fainting spell gesture. "Daddy won't let me have one."

"Well, if Daddy said no, what makes you think I will say yes," I responded trying to figure out just how to handle her dramatic plea for food.

"Well, if I can't have that I want something else," she daid defiantly balling her little hands into fists.

"What do you want?"

"A million dollars," she said without hesitation. "If I can't have a cereal bar then I want a million dollars."

I had to hold myself back from dissolving into a gutteral bout of laughter. I couldn't imagine where she heard the term "a million dollars" before. It amazed me also that she was taking me on in a terrorist-like negotiation over a cereal bar.

"Wow, what would you do with it if you had it?"

"Lots of stuff," she said still with an edge to her voice.

I could tell she was trying hard to think of something. Not being a very materialistic child, I knew it would be hard for her to spend a million dollars. Polly Pockets, Pet Shops, and stuffed animals aside, she didn't want for much.


" I'd buy all the cereal bars I ever wanted," she said, hand on her hips with a wry grin.

"Would you settle for one?"

Amanda Lamb is the mom of two, a reporter for WRAL-TV and the author of several books including one on motherhood called "Smotherhood." Find her here on Mondays.


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  • csplantlover Nov 9, 2010

    I don't get this funny???

  • Whosays Nov 9, 2010

    I think there are worse things than cereal bars.

  • tpcdrake Nov 8, 2010 obviously don't have children, because if you did you would know that this encounter really didn't have anything to do with money, but rather the child trying to use an adult argument to get something that she wanted, and it sounds like she was really hungry. Get over it, and enjoy the humor...I would have had a difficult time not laughing over this incident as well! Kids can and do say the darndest things, even when they sometimes don't really realize what they're really saying.

    Thank you for the laugh, Amanda!

  • Mugu Nov 8, 2010

    These kids are all about money, that is sad.

    They should be glad that they have a roof over their head.

  • JAT Nov 8, 2010

    She deserved a cereal bar after all that negotiation!