Archive for April, 2010

History Lesson

So the kids are watching that bastion of antique comedy, “Tom and Jerry.”

Sam:  “What is THAT?”

Paul:  “A record player.  That’s how they used to play music.  The needle would scratch the surface of the disk and play the music.”

Sam (clearly skeptical):  “Hmmph?!”

Wash Twice

So the local food season has started up again.  Last week was the first of our CSA.  Mostly greens show up in the box for the first few weeks.  This time, it was a bag of spinach, a bag of arugula, and another bag of random lettuce.

Note to self:  wash it well.

Yesterday I made a gardenburger sandwich with some of the spinach (which I had washed, but apparently not thoroughly enough).  About three bites from the end, I looked down at some spinach that had fallen out onto my hand–and there was about 1/3 of a daddy-long legs.

After I finished brushing my teeth, I resolved to wash all the local, farm-fresh greens, complete with authentic local PA dirt and bugs, TWICE.


Paul:  “Those bushes I planted in the backyard last fall are growing!”

Me:  “The forsythia bushes?”

Paul:  “There’s only three now.  Kate pulled one up.”

How Sarcasm is Passed Down to the Next Generation

So we’re having dessert…

Mark already has his bowl of jello and cool whip.

I fix another bowl.

Mark:  “Is that Kate’s jello?”

Kate, however, is not done with dinner, so no jello for her yet.

Me:  “Actually, it’s mine.”  It’d been a long day and I was feeling grumpy about the surveillance so I added snarkily,  “Is that okay with you?”

Mark pauses to consider.  “Yes.”  He looks at Sam.  “Is it okay with you?”

Sam (baffled–he understood the original sarcasm but like the rest of us, has no clue whether Mark is one-upping it or being serious):  “Um…okay.”

Mark nods.  “Dad?  Is that okay with you?”

Brian (chortling over his pot roast):  “Yes.”

Me (not quite ready to give up):  “Fine!  I’m so glad.”

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