Pop: Okay, how much did you spend?
Mom: Never mind!
Pop: Right around forty-five dollars?
Mom: Right around there.
Pop: No, no “around there”! How much?
Mom: Fifty-four dollars.
Pop: Okay. I regard it as an investment.
Mom (astonished): You do?
Pop: Sure. Now he won’t have to chew all our things.
(Mom thinks silently: Yeah, as long as we put our things out of his reach….)