Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The taxpayer

Last night I watched the evening News as eight year old Georgia played quietly on the floor in front of the TV.  The news item was about the cost to each Kiwi taxpayer of the Christchurch earthquake. 

"What's a taxpayer?" she asked.  I tried to explain in terms she would understand and many questions later she seemed to have grasped the concept. 

She finally glanced at the TV new presenters and said, "I hope they are going to pay something, too." 

I told her, "Yes, they will have to pay, too.  They are taxpayers."

"But they just sit there and read the news.  That's not a job."

She was genuinely surprised when I replied that it is a job and a job that pays good money, too.

"Really?  Hmmm, I'll have to think about that."

I wonder how long it will be before she tires of playing Master Chef and moves on to playing Newsreaders?


  1. That was a moment - aren't you glad you were there?

  2. i am sitting here trying to decide how i would explain taxpayer, not an easy thing to do. we just got home from a couple hours at the beach and we saw lots of sea oats like your header

  3. Great slice of life. And thanks for reminding me that newscasters are paid. I thought they just liked stirring up trouble for the fun of it.

  4. I can just see Georgia saying that.

  5. such a great story Pauline, nothing better than explaining things to children and watching them 'get it'!
    Hope you are well!
    jen xo


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