Michaela: My teacher says you have to pay taxes…..what are they?
MOM: Well, you have to pay taxes, money to the government when you live in the United States.
M: how much?…(pause) and who is the government?
MOM: Well, it is a percentage of how much you make and President George W Bush kind of heads it all up.
M: Make doing what?
M: So you work and then you have to pay all your money to the United States?
MOM (starting to sweat now): Not all of it but some of it.
M: Did you pay yours?
MOM: Yep, mommy and daddy went and had them done so we are good to go.
M: So now we are broke?
MOM: No, we are fine
(dear Lord, please get me out of this conversation with my 6 year old)
M: I don’t think I want to work if I pay someone taxes.
MOM: It is just part of the deal to live in this great country (meanwhile I am thinking of how our taxes are squandered but don’t want to open up that can of worms with her)
M: What if you don’t pay taxes today?
MOM: You can go to jail?
M: (with look of surprise) well, maybe I will work then. I don’t want to go to jail.
MOM: That is a good plan…..Are we good?
M: Yep…….thanks (and she walks out)
(this is where I wanted to chase her down and asked her "Mick, sure you don’t want to know about where babies come from).