Mr. G and I sat reading the other afternoon--while working our way through Sesame Street Firehouse, a book I have read hundreds of times to my sons, he suddenly placed his hand on the page and looked up at me in surprise. "Wait a minute! Elmo's a monster?" "Uh, yeah, G. They're all monsters." "I didn't know that! I thought they were really furry people."
On the way out of karate class last night Mr. B reached over and gave me a small pinch and poked me in the arm. "A pinch and a poke! You owe me a Coke!" "Good one, buddy," I laughed. "Yeah, I learned that at school. I guess coke is a kind of soda."
At the grocery store I explained to Mr. T that meat is a vital source of protein and necessary for his diet and no, nachos and cheese Lunchables weren't going to cut it. He wanted to convince me that nachos and cheese were a healthy lunch at school. "Mom, can't you understand that I'm a vegetarian?" "Which would be fine if you ate the required nutrients in other foods--like beans and whole grains and eggs and vegetables." "You don't support anything I do!"
Five aisles later we rounded the corner and headed for the check out. He swiped a stick of beef jerky and tossed it in the cart with a grin. "Is that for you?" "Yeah." "I thought you were a vegetarian." "So?" "So beef jerky? That's meat. You know, COW."