Julianna (you’ll remember, she’s 8): Dadda, when I grow up, I want to be a firefighter.
Me: That’s great, Sweety. But, it’s very dangerous.
J: Yeah, but mostly, it’s because I love the pole that they have.
Me: The pole.
J: Yeah, but, it’s dangerous. But, I do love that pole!
Julianna begins to rethink her career choice.
J: Dadda. Are there any other jobs that have a pole?
Me: Well. I can think of a couple. But, firefighter is going to be your best bet. Unless you want to change your name to Allysin Wonderlyn.
J: You’re weird.
(she walks away.)
Me: Firefighter, Honey. Good choice. Less danger.
(And yes, this is a true story. Good Sunday morning to you, too.)