Sometimes the things we take for granted elicit wonderment and joy from kids.
The other night the family went to eat at a place called Beef'O'Brady's (motto: A place with three apostrophes in the name can't be bad!) for dinner. In the corner of this very green, very video-enhanced restaurant are some video games, clawtraps and other geegaws.
Tink wanted to play a racing game and inserted a quarter. It wouldn't fit and kept being returned so she needed some help. I went over and started to put the quarter in myself.
I noticed it felt a little lighter, and a little smaller than a real quarter. I glanced down at it and saw a giant silver moose head looking up at me. Flipping it over, there was Queen Elizabeth II (and not Helen Mirren, either).
"Oh, honey, no wonder it won't work - this is a Canadian quarter"
Tink took the quarter with wide eyes and a little gasp, "Wowwwwww".
You would've thought I'd given her a quarter from the moon....