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If I Had A Million Dollars

By Staff | Jul 28, 2010

A week or so ago our office radio broadcast the tune “If I?Had A Million Dollars” by the Barenaked Ladies, a Canadian band. I hadn’t heard that song, first released in 1992, for quite some time and was quickly humming along. Actually, before it went off the air I decided it sort of annoyed me with its repetitious nature.

But as such songs can do, it evidently stuck in my head because only a few days later it came spewing out of my mouth as Joellen and I snuggled at home.

I’m not sure what triggered it, but evidently it was some sort of conversation about wanting something–you have those a lot with a three year old in the house, even more often when you have her in a store!

She quickly caught on to the song and we began singing it together, taking turns to make up the “then” answer to the “if, then” phrase.

I quickly became amused and contemplative of her answers and reactions. A child’s perspective on money and life can be refreshing.

She sang, “If I had a million dollars I would buy my mommy a tea set. . . at a yard sale!”

I sang, “If I had a million dollars I would get a new kitchen.”

“Why?” she asked, probably thinking the tiny one we currently use works just fine.

She sang, “If I had a million dollars I would buy a new movie. . . at a yard sale.”

I sang, “If I had a million dollars I would buy a new van.”

Again she asked, “Why?”

“Because ours is kind of old and rusty,” I replied. She just laughed and laughed at that answer.

The Barenaked Ladies’ most prevalent answer to the question is, “I would buy your love.” I know money can’t buy me love. Besides, I already have that. Evidently everything I need can be bought at a yard sale!