At the breakfast table this morning....Cooper (age 13 ~ 14 in April) has already started to work on his pre-Algebra assignment for the day... evidently a pretty grueling one.
Robert: What award was Sandra Bullock up for last night?
Me: I don't think she was up for an award ~ just a spectator/presenter at the Oscars last night. Actually, I don't think she's done any movies since Blind Side. Remember, when they interviewed her before the award ceremony, she said she hadn't worked in over a year. She adopted her son, and has been focused on that ~ and going through a divorce as well.
Cooper: So did she retire?
Me: No, just took a year off, I guess.
Cooper: How could she take a whole year off from work?
Me: Sandra Bullock has made a LOT of movies and she got paid a LOT of money to do that. She puts the money in the bank, and uses it to live on when she's not working.
Cooper: How do other people retire?
Robert: They work hard and save money for years in a retirement account. When they need to stop working, they use the money in that account to live.
Cooper: Can I just retire now?
Me: Well, how do you plan to buy food and clothes and a car and a house?
Cooper: Well, can't I just live here?
Robert AND Melanie in unison: NO.