Claire has been volunteering through the United Way and teaching a class of 8th graders about economics. A couple times a week she goes into a classroom and plays games and life scenarios with these kids.
Last week, she was teaching them about choices in life. How much money you make will dictate some of the choices you are able to make. It was a lesson on budgeting and how to spend money wisely.
During this class, Claire was asked about how much money she made. She declined to answer that, but the kids kept pressing her.
"Miss Claire, what kind of car do you drive?"
"I drive a Honda Civic" she answered.
"Miss Claire, where do you live?"
"I live in P-Towne."
"Miss Claire, do you own your house?"
"No, I rent an apartment."
This was enough for one of the bright kids to deduce: "Miss Claire, you must be poor and not have a very good job."
She was a bit taken aback, but explained to them that she likes to spend her money on things other than a fancy car or big house on the beach. She prefers things like eating out and traveling often. "In fact," she explained, "I am going to Aruba in two weeks and staying in a nice hotel on the beach."
Quizzical looks permeated the room. Some whispers and shifting in chairs. Finally, one little girl raised her hand:
"Miss Claire, I am confused, isn't Aruba a sandwich?"