Max: (apropos of nothing) So, um, when do you think I should get a job?
Me: Oh, well, why do you need a job?
Max: You know, to make money.
Me: I think most states have laws that say you can’t work until your sixteen. But, maybe you can do some jobs for me around the house. Like, cleaning or dusting…
Max: Yeah, or mowing the lawn.
Me: OK, well, maybe we can start giving you an allowance.
Max: Well, I need money now.
Me: Um, what do you need the money for?
Max: I have my eye on a playmobil set.
Me: Well, how much money were you looking to make?
Max: Oh, hundreds.
Me: Of dollars??
Max: Yeah! Come on, this playmobil set is expensive!