Sock Full of Coins

A little boy walked into a toy shop,  the bell above the door chiming when he opened it. He had a mop of brown hair, big, green eyes, and wore a little red coat with light brown buttons. He carried a sock that was filled with coins, clutching it in both hands. Wandering through the vast isles, he looked around at life-sized dolls, bins filled with colorful bouncy balls, remote-controlled robots, stacks of red and blue building blocks, and toy kitchens. After a few moments of walking in his little blue rain boots, he saw it– a shiny, red and green toy train on display in a plastic box.

Holding the handle of his sock bag between his teeth, he reached up and grabbed the large box with his tiny hands. As he pulled it down, he wobbled a bit, almost losing his balance. But before long, he was marching down the isle with the toy train in hand. He went up to the cashier and hoisted the box onto the counter. The shopkeeper had to peer over the counter to greet his small customer. He scanned the box and said that the train was $9.50, and the boy handed him the gray sock filled with quarters, smiling wide enough to reveal a missing tooth. The shopkeeper counted the quarters and handed the boy a plastic bag with his new treasure inside. He even included a free set of stickers!

“Thank you vewy much,” the boy said, and he went on his way. The bell rang when he opened the door and went back out into the world. He went out to his mother who waited by the car, proud to show her his new toy he bought all by himself.

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