"Mommy, what will happen to me when I get old?"
My four year old Sweet Pea posed this question to me as we were readying some paper goods for the recycling bin.
Since we had been talking about school earlier that day I replied, "Well, when you get older you will go to elementary school."
"No mommy. What will happen to me when I get *really* old?"
Again I answered him, "you may grow up and have a family and children, just like mommy and daddy."
"No mommy. What will happen to me when I get *really, really* old?"
Trying to figure out where he was going with this questioning I searched my head for a quick, appropriate, non-threatening answer. I quickly realized what he was getting at as I loaded the bin with some more old boxes we had broken down.
We had recently been to the local science museum and seen how "old" paper, plastics, glass and aluminum are broken down into small pellets and turned into new items. Hmm...not sure if I want to open a big can of worms this close to dinner time.
I decided to go with the simply brilliant response a seasoned mother once shared with me. She said whenever her children posed questions which, if answered, may be more than they (or she) could handle at the moment she would respond,
"What do you think will happen?"
Generally, on the limited occasions when I have had to ask this question, he gives a sweet 4-year-old, "I don't know!" response and then continues on with his day.
Issue closed...for now.
Mondays I like to have an idea of the meals we will have for the week so I can get most, or preferably all, the food we need for the week.
Here are our Sweet Pea Meals for the week:
Cod with Tomatoes, Olives and Capers (R is on a *huge* olive kick lately)
Roasted Vegetable Lasagna
Quesadillas and Taco Salad
Canadian Cheese Soup with Pumpernickel Croutons
Freezer Night (Generally Veggie Burgers or Leftovers)
What's cooking at your house?