How to answer questions about my car?

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I have a nearly five year old little guy in Mexico, and he is quite enamored with cars. He colors them all over everything ;) . In his most recent letter, he asked me if I have a car. I know Compassion discourages talking about materialistic things for obvious reasons; I wondered if you all have any recommendations on how I should answer his question?  
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Haley Whelan

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Sally

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I have a 5 y/o girl in Rwanda who LOVES cars too! I sent her a coloring page of a Jeep and told her that is what I drive.
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I would go ahead and answer!  Our kids know we have a lot and clearly he assumes you have a car.  You aren't bragging about it just for no reason, you are simply answering his question :) I would say "You asked if I have a car and yes, I do. It is red (or whatever colour your car is)."

What I would NOT do is say "Yes, I have 3 cars, a truck and a motorcycle".  Just answer your main vehicle.  (I only have one, but I know some families have a few and I think that's more what Compassion means when they say dont talk about what you have... it just shouldn't come across as bragging or show-offy. 

My kids have asked me things like "How do you get to work? Do you walk or drive?"  I tell them I walk sometimes and drive other times, so I assume they know I have a vehicle from that answer too.