Friday, November 30, 2007

this post brought to you by the letter y

Right out of the blue Cass spoke up.

"Mom? So is this a real dead chicken I'm eating?"

Crap. So THIS was the next parenting hurdle I hadn't prepared for, huh?

"Yep."

I waited, mind suddenly racing. Why DID we eat chickens? Why was it okay to eat them and not, say, the cats? Why was it okay at all? Where did I stand on this?
Why hadn't I thought about this before?

He was quiet for a moment, moving his food around on his plate. I could almost see the questions forming.

"Can I have the other leg?"


I'm certain this isn't the last I'll hear about this.
But it gives me a small respite where I can work on a better answer than "Because they taste good."

12 comments:

kirsty said...

Ha ha!! reminds me of when my sister was three and our brother (who was 14) was tormenting her at dinner saying,"Oh you're eating a poor little dead lamb!" She just glared at him and said,"Well, it's MEAT now." End of conversation.

meggie said...

oh yeah!! How do we justify the aninal's legs??

meggie said...

Obviously it was meant to be ANIMAL!!

Sarah Louise said...

y--it took me reading your other posts to get it. Get me some coffee...

this is worse than the sex talk, I fear.

motherbumper said...

Why do we teach them to ask such hard questions? big sigh

I'm lazy and would have gone with "damn kid, we eat them because they taste great".

witchypoo said...

I had a friend who wouldn't eat something because she saw the blood in it, but she changed her mind when her mother told her it was "meat juice"

evilpinkcupcake said...

hahahah sorry I so almost spit eggnog milkshake out of my nose when I read "meat juice" LOL

I am so not sure what I am gonna do with this subject when it comes up, cuz I am a super picky meat person. I will eat chicken and fish with no issues and can eat hamburger with none either, but steak, and roast perturb me. And any wild game animal is a no can do in my book, DH disagrees so I guess we wil just have to see...

Molly said...

You did it! Hats off to you! Now go eat some of that delicious chicken......

Dawn said...

That would totally be the answer I'd give, because they taste good! HA HA HA

DaniGirl said...

We just went through this - almost. We were at Red Lobster, celebrating a birthday, and my mother likes to have the seat beside the lobster tank to entertain the boys. My father ordered the lobster. You can see where this is going.

They didn't seem too perturbed, but I could never actually eat lobster while gazing at the lobster tank... maybe that's just me.

alison said...

I remember my mom taking my sister's kids shopping one day. The oldest, Mitch, was about 6 at the time. Mom announced that they were going to pick up a turkey. Mitch asked, "is that a real turkey, or a meat turkey", and my mom, chickening out of the discussion (if you'll forgive the pun) just said, "meat turkey" and changed the subject.

Angewl said...

Why it's okay to eat chicken but not the cats?

Hilarious.