Conversation in the car:
Alice: "Mom, pweachahs are really, really bad."
A: "YES! You know, pweachahs? They go out and kill animals?"
M: "Really? Preachers do that?"
A: "YES! They kill animals and then just take their horn or something."
M: "OH! You mean POACHERS, not preachers."
A: "That's what I said. Pweachahs is just a different word for poachers."
M: "Um.... Not really. You're really talking about poachers. A preacher is something very, very different."
A: "Okay. Can I send part of my allowance to stop the poachers? Can you look up where to send it?"
M: "Um... Okay."
A: "Do poachers trap skunks?"
M: "I don't think so - usually they hunt animals that are rare like rhinos or eagles."
A: "Phew! Good, because I love skunks. We should still stop them, though."
A little while later, coming out of the grocery store:
Woman standing by the door soliciting donations: "Donate to help stop child abuse?"
Me: "Not today."
Alice, very innocently: "I'm saving my money to help stop the poachers. Those are the REALLY bad people."
Thank God she didn't say preachers.
So, Alice is indeed saving her money to help stop the poachers. She's putting part of her allowance aside every week and when she's got $10, we'll find someplace to send it. Tim and I introduced the concept of matching funds to her. We told her we'd match whatever she decided to send. This is quite exciting to her. She said that it makes her feel very grown up.