As you know, difficult child has been having lots of crazy ideas about her career path after high school... Yesterday, as we were sitting in the kitchen...she wanted to know how much everything in the kitchen would cost to buy. Ya know--how much is a toaster? How much is a microwave? How much are all those dishes? And why did she want to know? Because she has decided that she will be joining the military right after high school and she can use the money she earns to buy all that kind of household stuff while she is overseas. Then when she is finished in the military, she will come back with all the stuff she bought and be able to furnish an apartment. Ummm...what???? She's joining the military for the shopping ! All I can picture is R. Lee Ermey (The drill sgt from Full Metal Jacket) yelling at his troops--Get in there men! It's a sale! Stock up! Stock up! Move it! Move it! This is not a drill! Don't just stuff that in your rucksack, soldier--that's breakable! Get some bubblewrap--double time! Let's go! Charge! Mastercard! Visa! At the ready! But instead, all I said was "Honey, I've never been in the military myself....but in all the documentaries and television shows and movie footage, I've never once seen a soldier carrying a shopping bag." Her response? O yes they do! They just don't get caught!