My mom likes to tell a story about how, when I was a child, my father had only a $20 bill to leave under my pillow from the tooth fairy. Instead of giving my parents the delighted reaction they expected, I got upset, demanding real money — hard money — coins. (Oh, how quickly we grow up; I was still quite young when I acquired the mantra, "Add a zero, please.")
It is only in the minds of the very young that our relationships with money are so uncomplicated. As we get older, many of us crave more money and its trappings, while also chattering about how more money causes more problems.