A.m. edition (listen closely for the sound of my brain cells dying off):
Mommy, what if there was no food?
Then we’d starve.
What if the only food was grass?
Then I guess we’d eat grass.
Would it give me a tummy ache?
Because it’s grass. I think it’s hard to digest.
What if the only food was chicken?
Then I guess we’d eat chicken.
What if the only food was chicken AND grass?
Then I guess we’d cook chicken and grass stew.
What if the only food was flies?
Ew. But I think we’d catch the flies and try to cook them and eat them.
(fit of giggling)
I would NEVER eat flies!
You might if you were starving.
What if the only food was trees?
I don’t know, Nick. I’m not sure we can eat tree. I guess we’d try to see if we could boil some bark and get some nutrition out of it.
(stares out car window)
What if the only food was houses?
We can’t eat house.
But what if the only food was houses?
Then we’d starve to death.
You know there are children actually starving to death in our world, Nick. That’s part of why I get so irritated when we throw away food. There are starving children who would LOVE to eat the food you think is disgusting.
(oh no I didn’t)
(oh yes I did)
(extended thoughtful moment)
We can really eat grass?
Why would grass give me a tummy ache?
Heeeey, why are we driving here? This is close to our house!
(silent treatment. Mommy wipes drool off her chin.)