I reminded her that Grandma and Grandpa, Uncle Gregg and his fiancee Kitt are coming over this afternoon for a visit so she needed to pick up her toys and put away her money. "Why? It's not like it's the mayor coming, or anything." For this retort, Miss Smart-Aleck was given a talk on a) the appropriate tone for talking to one's mother; b) the appropriate response if one wanted to receive one's allowance and c) the appropriate tone if one ever had a hope of getting within 15 feet of a live horse until she is 21. I ended by adding "and you better put your money in a safe place."
This caught her interest (as my other comments may not have). "But this is our HOUSE," she replied, "Isn't it safe HERE?'
"Well, sure, our house is safe," I back-tracked, "You just want to put your money away where it won't be around for people to take or anything."
"Grandma and Grandpa would steal my money?" She looked truly alarmed.
Geez, I'm not making things better here. "No, of course not, they'd never steal your money."
Caroline was still alarmed. "Uncle Gregg wouldn't either, right? Or Kitt?"
"No. I just mean that you don't want to leave it lying around. It's safe, but you just want to be careful." Caroline scooped up her money, acting with a speed tinged with desperation, and headed up to her room.
"Where are you going to put it?" I called after her.
"I'm not telling you," she answered, "I want it to be SAFE!"