Friday, May 11, 2007

Kind of Cheesey

Every night after prayers I tell the kids a story.

Me: One day, Momma and Papa--

Stink: And Scooby and Shaggy

Pip: And Dora and Boots--

Stink: And Super Dog and Snoopy--

Pip: And Oma and Grandma N--

Stink: And Grandma Tella & Nathan and--

Me: Everyone we ever knew in our entire life--

Pip: Yeah! Everyone!

Stink: But not monsters.. only the good kind---

Me: Okay, not monsters... But what we might think are monsters might be good things in disguise, but that's a story for another time, so my point is... that we all went for a walk....

From there I tend to weave in things that we did that day. For example, on the way to school yesterday, I gave them what I believed to be mozarella cheese, but it turned out to be parmesean. Lots of spitting, faux barfs and raspberry blubbering ensued.

Me: So one day EVERYONE went to a cheese factory. And while they were there, Scooby and Shaggy discovered a HUUUUGE piece of parmesean cheese. Stink and Pip freaked the heck out and hid behind a slice of light yellow cheese. But it turns out it was swiss cheese, so it was easy to see them in the holes. Super Dog spotted them first and squirted them with his hydrant full Cheese Wizz. There was so much orange goo that the only way for them to get out of it was to eat it up. It was okay, but after all that processed food, they wanted real grub. So Mama, with the help of all the grandmas, made pesto.

Stink: MMMMM..... I love pesto.

Me: Me, too. Then Dora and Boots told them what was in the pesto: Parmasean cheese! Stink and Pip couldn't believe it, but then Mama told them that parmasean is like people: Sometimes if you deal with it by itself it appears too difficult to handle. But if you offset them with other flavors of people, they can be not only tolerable, but a wonderful addition. One person alone, like parmesean, can not fill up a person.

Stink: That's right, Mommy. But we can also take all the parmesan cheese out and blast the monsters with it and eat only the good stuff ourselves!

I'm thinking they'll appreciate my life lessons later.


Liza's Eyeview said...

deeply thought provoking lessons indeed :) :) ;)

Pam said...

You are a wonderful mom, Mama P, and your children will carry your love, humor and terrific stories (with life's lessons hidden within) with them all their lives.

And when they are your age, with children of their own, they will tell you what a great job you did and say thanks.

Happy Mother's Day

Maggie said...

Now that's a bedtime story! Can I come over with my blankie?