This is the little boys' "office."
I know it is, because they told me so. I had an inkling that's what was going on, though, when I looked over the kitchen counter at lunchtime yesterday and saw the dictionary and the pencil sharpener monster and the little paint can "chairs." But what really tipped me off was the pencils behind the ears.
What do they do in their office, you ask? I wondered, too.
Gabe: We do letters and buy things.
William: And we eat.
What things do they buy?
William: Food and cookies.
Gabe: No, we buy stores and houses and offices. They cost about eight hundred and forty-eight dollars. And sometimes more. Like eight thousand dollars.
That's a lot of money!
Gabe: Yes, it is. And sometimes we don't have enough, so we have to make some money.
Well, then, how do you make money for this business?
Gabe: With this pencil.
A lot like they do it in Washington, I'm thinking... Five-year-old economics.