Scene: last Friday, after school.
Bear: Mom! There's going to be a budget meeting at the school on Monday, and you have to go because they might cut band. Will you go?
Me: Of course. I was planning on going anyway.
Bug: I heard that there won't be any more sports or Stretch (gifted) classes and they're going to fire a bunch of teachers.
Bear: My art teacher said that they're going to start by cutting all the fine arts programs. He said that artists are always the first to get fired when the economy tanks.
Bug: Student X told me that there will be 30 kids in every class next year.
Me: Let's not get crazy. There are a lot of rumors flying around right now, and we don't know if any of this is true, which is why Dad and I are going to the meeting. We don't have any facts yet.
Bug (frustrated): I just wish I could tell everyone about my idea, and then we wouldn't be having this problem.
Me: Which idea is that?
Bug: You know, where the whole world agrees to get rid of money and just help each other out to be nice.