Daddy Steve: Alice is a very sweet little girl, but she can be a bit of a worrier. The other day she was having tea conversation with Duncan, a.k.a. the resident Gloomy Gus of Gregoropolis. He's probably not the ideal companion for someone of a fretful nature.
Duncan: ...and so that's the whole unfortunate story.
Alice: Oh, dear! How dreadful for you!
Duncan: >sigh< Well, I'm no stranger to adversity.
Later on in the day...
Alice: >worry worry worry worry worry<
Meghan: Oh, look. She's fretting about something.
Nathan: How can you tell?
Meghan: See how she's fiddling with the hem on her dress? She does that when she's worried. We need to talk her out of that worried mood.
Nathan: What do we say?
Meghan: We'll think of something.
Meghan: Hello, Alice. How are you?
Alice: Well, to be honest, I'm just a little worried.
Meghan: Whatever about?
Alice: I was talking to Duncan and...
Meghan: Oh, you shouldn't pay too much attention to him.
Nathan: Yeah, he's a real dismal Jimmy!
Alice: He was telling me about his hair loss.
Meghan: Oh, Sweetie, there's nothing for you to worry about. You have very thick and beautiful blond hair.
Nathan: Yeah! Besides, his hair isn't falling out. Some mean kid just cut out a couple of chunks of it. That's all.
Alice: >gasp< Some hooligan running around with scissors! Any one of us could be next!
Meghan: Oh, no, no. That kid is long gone. Right, Nathan?
Nathan: Oh, oh, yeah. He, uh, he...got eaten! Yeah, by a bear!
Alice: Good heavens!
Meghan: >whispering< What are you doing?!?
Nathan: You said to think of something.
Meghan: I meant something clever, not something daft!
Alice: A ravenous bear is gobbling up little children!
Nathan: Oh! Um, we're safe enough. Bears go after only the big, fat kids that can't run very fast.
Alice: But what if I gain weight and can't run fast enough to escape?!
Meghan: Now sweetie, you listen to me. Remember what Daddy Steve always says: "The things you worry about the most are the least likely to happen."
Alice: I guess that does make sense.
Meghan: Of course it does.
Alice: So if I worry about EVERYTHING, then NOTHING will ever happen!
Meghan: >sigh< Now I'm worried.
Nathan: Me too.