She especially loves the story about how she and my father were able to afford my dance classes. "How can you afford all of those classes?" her friends and coworkers would ask. This was around the time when I was in high school - and dancing 5-6 days each week, plus competing!
"How can I afford not to?" was her reply. "I know where my daughter is. I know who she is with, when she'll be done, and that she's doing physical activities. I also know who she isn't with, and what she's not doing. How can I afford not to have her in dance? It keeps her away from drugs and alcohol. It keeps her away from peers I don't really like."
Looking back, now with a young daughter of my own, I understand where she's coming from. In today's world, where we're overwhelmed by society, peers, and options - can you afford dance? Can you afford an activity for your child that will not only keep them on their toes (literally, in many cases), but also be a great educational tool that is fun and uplifting? Can you afford to have them in an activity that will build them up instead of tear them down?