Ballerina (4): Why do you always have to go away to work in places so far away like Texas and California and Dallas and Texas?
Me: Because some of the people I work with are there, and I need to go see them.
Ballerina: But what happens if you tell them no and you won't go?
Me: Well... I suppose I'd get fired.
Ballerina: *aghast* You'd get what???
Me: Um... fired?
Ballerina: Like ready, aim, fire? They'd shoot you for not going to Texas???
|"Whaddya mean you won't go to Texas?! Them's fightin' words. Draw!"|
Ballerina: Oh. Is that bad if you lose your job?
Me: Well, if I don't have a job, then we won't have money. And we have to have money to buy stuff we need.
Ballerina: So we need to have money so we can sell money for things like food?
Me: ... Sure. Yes.
Ballerina: And we need to have money so we can sell money to stay in our house?
Ballerina: Wow. [contemplates a moment] You need your job, Mommy, because if we can't have money to sell money to live in our house then the dog will be all by herself and she'll be lonely and who will feed her?
Me: Let's not find out.
Bear (6): Yeah, and we need money for pizza. Because if you couldn't order pizza, Mommy, someone else would end up fired.