My daughter came and plopped on the couch next to me the other night and asked, “So how do you get started on a grown-up life?”  She’s 7.  I don’t know why she is so worried about having a grown-up life but she is.

Man… the possibilities here.  I know I don’t want to screw this up.  The answers I give to this question will come back to haunt me.  Whether that is good or bad is up to me right this second.  Ahhh… the pressure!

Sigh.   Think think think.  Definitely mention college.  Definitely mention getting a job.  Don’t mention living with a boyfriend or getting married or anything like that.  Hmm…

“Well… ” I start.  “First thing you need to do is finish high school.  Then you can get a job, like work at a store, or in a restaurant or something like that, or anything you want.  You can live here, and work and go to college.  Then when you are finished with college you can get a job doing whatever you went to school to learn how to do.  Then you can get an apartment either by yourself or maybe with a friend.  You can save up your money and buy a house.”

“And then I can get married?”  she asked.

“Yes, and then you can get married.”

“So get a job, save up for a house, buy a car, and then get married.”

“Well, you will probably save up for a car before you buy a house.”

“Yes!” she exclaims and then runs out of the room.  Apparently she just wanted to know when she could buy a car and get married.

Looking back I should have stressed getting good grades a little more.  Impressed upon her that if she gets good grades she can go to school for free.  Oh well… there will be time for that I suppose.

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