trade restrictions

Ryan has a deal for you.

boy grinningRyan has a deal for anyone.

It usually involves money, Legos or something he considers rare.

When something is rare, it is worth more money or Legos.

And if the rare item happens to BE money or Legos…then it is worth even MORE money or Legos.

Since he has been trading since nearly birth, he has much more trading experience then this brothers and peers.   He is the kid at school you DON’T want your kid trading with.   I promise.

No good can come from trading with Ryan.

The Nirvana Trade Commission (NTC) has historically taken a hands-off approach to regulation, but recent flagrant disregard for fair trade has caused the bureau to reconsider.

I started overhearing some of the trades that he was doing at school.

Poor unsuspecting classmates.

We started having discussions about seeing BOTH sides of a trade…would you trade it back?   If you were the other person, would you think it was fair?   Would a third party approve the trade as equal to both parties?

Usually during these conversations Ryan sits looking at me with a big grin on his face.   I believe he understands the concept, but doesn’t think it applies to him.

His brothers have been on the wrong end of many of his deals.   You would think there would be a learning curve on their part, but they continue to the support of free trade.

Tonight blog-Stedman and I returned from a walk to find Rhett had traded ALL his Legos to Ryan in exchange for the Hot Wheels.*

*The Hot Wheels are not really Ryan’s in the first place and are in a box in the attic because no one had played with them for years.

Blog-Stedman heard the trade details and declared the NTC would now abide by NFL rules…

All trades have the possibility of being declined by the commission.


  1. This is one of my most fave posts from you EVER. That made me laugh my head off:)
    Also- I am team Ryan. That is a GIFT. lol. 😉

  2. “No god can come from trading with Ryan.”

    This sounds like my house. Most times I’m not sure which party to be more irritated with. Because COME ON, you fell for that?

  3. Gah, this is why I shouldn’t comment late at night…

    “No GOOD can come from trading with Ryan.” Also, no god, I suppose, but that’s probably a good thing….

  4. My kids haven’t gotten into trading. I wonder if something is wrong with them?

  5. I used to trade my sister two of my pennies for one of her quarters.

  6. Sounds like something my brothers do. Ahhh, boys! 🙂

  7. This is so cute! My Genny is a bargainer. Not a trader necessarily, but instead a solicitor of herself.
    “What would you give me if I eat this?” (insert some gross food concoction in place of “this”)
    “What would you page me if I did this?” (insert incredibly stupid/dangerous act in place of “this”)

  8. This is so funny! I remember my sister trading stuff with a neighbor when we were little and I was horrified and what she gave away. Of course now, I can’t remember what it was…

  9. loved how you wrote this, and the photo…! The expression, he looks like he will sell you a bridge! My kids aren’t into trading here, I’m really glad, now… 🙂

  10. ha ha. Wow this is serious stuff! Do you think he’ll be some financial hot shot when he grows up?

  11. I just found out yesterday that my daughter (14) had charged my son (9) a dollar per play on one of her video games. He claimed it was 11 times, she says 3 and that it happened 4 years ago (when he was 5). Even so, I had to issue a royal house decree that all exchanges of money must be reversed and that henceforth there would be no charges over 25 cents for any “borrowed” items. Their heads spun when I said henceforth …. they had to sign an agreement and shake on it. I’m glad I’m not the only one with devious price gougers.

  12. LOL Yup! I just had to explain what scamming is to my son. He was trying to “trade” something with a friend that wasn’t really his to trade. He is only 5. We are convinced that he is going to grow up to be a politician. ugh

  13. Someday this is going to come in VERY handy for him.

  14. Ryan will be a defense attorney, I’m convinced. There have been plenty of times I’ve thought to myself, “Wait, what just happened? Are you really debating with a 10-year old right now?” This happens more than I’d like to admit…

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