5-year old: "Dad, why did you chose a job that you have to work all day and all night sometimes?"
Dad: "Well, most dads work a lot, but they still get to see their kids and play like we do, whenever we can."
5-year old: "But, why did you chose a job that you have to work so much?"
Dad: "Well, right now, because I'm younger, I have to work a lot, but when I get older, I won't have to work as much."
5-year old: "But, then we will be older too."
Dad: "That's true."
I was doing the dishes downstairs and she came to find me.
5-year old: "I wish that I was going to be a dad someday, and not a mom."
Me: "Really? Why?"
5-year old: "Because dads get to leave and go to work all day."
Me: "And what do you think moms do all day?"
5-year old: "They have to change yucky diapers and clean up messes."
Me: "Hm. You know, some moms don't stay home all day. Some moms have nannies to take care of their kids and maids to clean their houses, and they go to work."
5-year old: "Do you wish you could go to work?"
5-year old: "Why not?"
Me: "Because I like to be home when you and your brother get off the bus. I would miss that a lot."
5-year old: "Hmm. Well, I still want to go to work all day."
Then, she was gone - in a flash. And I knew that she knew I had a lot more to say. She knew she had touched a sensitive nerve, that she had given me an opportunity for a teaching moment, and that my mind was scrambling for a meaningful, personal, and age-appropriate answer.
But, she was gone.