Hmmm. From conversation with Elderly Relative regarding one of my sisters and her job while in grad school:
E.R.: "You girls are so good about having jobs, in high school, college, and after that."
(Pause while I consider how to respond to this somewhat startling statement, which was delivered in a tone that implied that we hadn't *needed* to work and were, in fact, working in order to have some pocket money for fripperies or non-essential travel)
KAEG: "Well, we like to eat."
(Pause while E.R. trys to figure out what I mean by this. It is important to note at this point that just this past month E.R. was complaining about possibly not having enough money in general while quoting an amount of net monthly *interest* income (which is what she lives off of) that is several thousand dollars more than MEL and I live on each month. And we have a mortgage payment and debts, aside from there being two of us.)
E.R. changes subject, because she has *no idea* how to respond, as if the idea of needing to work to live has *never occurred to her*.