So I spent a good 10 minutes on Wednesday morning explaining to my 5 year old daughter that only half of her school was open. That her class was still attending school, but that it would be a lot quieter because some classes had to stay home. That the reason for this is because adults, when we are not feeling happy about something, don't cry and scream like babies. Instead, one way we can let our bosses know we are not happy is to not go to work. And another thing we can do, on the day we don't go to work, is to stand outside work with a big sign that tells everybody why we are not at work. That way we don't have to scream and shout.
I did explained all this because I wasn't sure if there would be a need to cross a picket line to get into the school (what with only half the classes being told to stay home, and the other classes being required to attend). And I wanted her to understand a little about the protests.
I also explained that the reason the teachers weren't happy was that they didn't think they were being given enough money for the work that they did. (I know that's not technically accurate in this case this week, but you try explaining pensions to a 5 year old - I know I didn't fancy that digression!)
My daughter was, in the way that children with fresh, open, non-cynical, clear eyes can be, utterly eloquent in her response to this explanation.
"But Mummy...." she said, with a confused expression. The expression that I've seen before, when I've said something particularly silly. She said:
"In this world, you don't always get what you want. You have to be happy with what you have."
Perfect summary if you ask me. My work here is done!