work talk with a 3 year old

I am a full time mom who homeschool her child and on my way to work, I had a memorable conversation with my inquisitive son:

son: mom, why do you have to go to work? can’t you spend time with me?

I: I need to work so that we can pay our bills, we have to pay for the water, electricity, car, house and the food we eat….

son: oh?! I wish money are like trees…all we have to do is plant it, then it grows, you don’t have to work too hard, it grows and grows to be a big and tall tree

I: son, everything we do on earth, we have to work for it, in order for the tree to grow, you have to water it daily, you have to make sure it has enough sunlight… to have a happy family, you have to work for it.. like spending time together, laughing together, praying together…we always WORK.. we work to live.. we don’t live to work

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