Friday, December 5, 2008

Are You Sure?

The scene: A family dinner at the table with Mommy, Daddy, Mister Man, and Little Miss.

Mister Man: Mommy, do you know where ham comes from (as he shovels a forkful of ham into his mouth)?
Me: Yes, pigs!
Mister Man: You're right.
Me: Do you know where chicken comes from?
Mister Man: quizzical look
Me: Where do you think?
Mister Man: I have no idea.
Me: Chickens!
Mister Man: I said, I don't know.
Me: I mean chicken comes from chickens.
Mister Man: No, it doesn't.
Me: Umm, I think it does.
Mister Man: Nuh-uh.
Me: Then where does it come from?
Mister Man: From factories!
Me: Well, ok, but it's still really from chickens.
Mister Man: No, it isn't.
Me: Then where is it from?
Mister Man: From farms!
Me: Right, from the chickens that are living on the farms.
Mister Man: Are you sure?

Yes, kiddo, I'm pretty sure. Pigs and ham are easy, but chickens ... that's the tough one!


Kori December 5, 2008 at 3:30 PM  

I love Mister Man and his quizical thinking. He rocks!

Melisa Wells December 5, 2008 at 3:38 PM  

ha ha...except when you're talking to a Jewish person*...then the pig is the tough one! LOL

(*I can say that. I'm one.)

Michelle December 5, 2008 at 6:16 PM  

Kori - Yeah... the quizzical thinking. It's pretty entertaining. I only wish I remembered half of what he said.

Melisa - Well, ok yeah that would be tough -- depending on how kosher you keep. I have some pretty non-observant Jewish friends (and some incredibly strict ones, too). I just think it's funny that he totally knew where ham came from but that chicken stumped him.

angela | the painted house December 5, 2008 at 7:46 PM  

My husband was shocked recently to learn what lamb is. Duh. :)

J Cosmo Newbery December 5, 2008 at 8:19 PM  

Reminds me of a very old cartoon called "pigs is pigs" where some guy was trying to decide what tariff applied to Guinea Pigs when shipping by train. Are they pigs? Should they be charged as pigs? All the while the GPs were breeding and going off like popcorn behind him.

Michelle December 5, 2008 at 9:03 PM  

Angela - Umm, the good news is that he never has to eat it? Is there a vegan lamb btw like there is tofurkey?

J Cosmo Newbery - I've never seen that cartoon, but the imagery absolutely cracks me up! Thanks.

Karen December 5, 2008 at 9:35 PM  

Sometimes it's the common sense things that are the real stumpers. Apparently.

WeaselMomma December 6, 2008 at 5:49 AM  

I love conversations like this!

Aunt Julie December 6, 2008 at 3:04 PM  

From the mouths of babes...

Jeff and Charli Lee December 6, 2008 at 4:24 PM  

Funny. Sometimes it's better to leave food sources left unexplained.

Michelle December 6, 2008 at 4:49 PM  

Karen - Right. I actually thought Mister Man was going to be my smart kid, but now I'm reevaluating that assumption....

Weaselmomma - Me, too! We had another good one today (today's post), and I can only hope that I keep remembering to write them down. They're too precious!

Veggie Mom - Hopefully. I'm afraid that it'll end up being from the mouths of elementary school kids and then from the mouths of teenagers and then....

Jeff - I was actually not going to EVER bring this up with them, but Mister Man brought up and knew about pigs and ham and seemed fine with it, so....

Cookie December 6, 2008 at 4:55 PM  

ROFL! He's really working his brain! :)

Michelle December 6, 2008 at 8:07 PM  

Cookie - Uhhhh, yeah. Working his brain. That's it. I didn't realize that overthinking something came into play so early.

Angela December 7, 2008 at 7:41 AM  

LOL! Did you ever see "Independence Day?" There is a line in that movie where Randy Quaid's character is crop-dusting the wrong field. When he lands, his son tells him he was in the wrong place. Quaid's character is drunk at the time, and he takes a moment and then says "Are you sure?" The tone and accent of the phrase are what made it so funny in that movie, and now hubby and I say that to each other all the time. One of us will state something and the other will go, "Um, are you SURE?" LOL. We're silly that way :-)

Michelle December 7, 2008 at 8:32 PM  

Angela - I haven't seen that movie, but maybe Mister Man *has* somehow ;) He definitely has the tone you're talking about. Gotta love it at this age already!

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