My darling granddaughter, Megan, ten, is endlessly passionate. Here is my recent phone conversation with her.
Megan: Mimi! Our family has the BEST plan for Christmas. We are going to draw names to give each other a small gift and then each of us is going to choose something from World Vision and give an animal to the people who are poor. I saw the information and it made me SO sad ... I am so glad to give to them and not spend it on ourselves.
Me: Oh, that is so great. I love it! Fabulous idea. So... how are your violin lessons coming?
Megan: Oh, I am playing really good. But my violin fund is not very good. I only have $30.00 in it. (Note: $25 of that is from me.)
Me: Well, you don't have to worry about that. Christmas is coming. ... Oh, we aren't doing that for Christmas.
Megan: WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?
Me: Well, we aren't giving big gifts, we are giving to World Vision.
Megan: MIMI!! That is JUST OUR IMMEDIATE FAMILY. You are not in our immediate family.
Laughing... right. Got it. Message is clear.