Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Honorable Mention: Should Vegetarians Eat Animal Crackers?

"Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun." ~George Scialabba

“AaaaaGh! No!”
There was a scream from across the room.
“Maggie ate something she wasn’t a-pposed to!”
My preschool teachers brain worked quickly…synapse’s firing at lightening speed.
Let’s see…Maggie: vegetarian, no meat or milk. She is nowhere near either…yes, I can breathe now.
“Everything is fine, children.” I smiled. “What seem to be the problem? Why is everyone so worried?”
“Well…”one child explained, “Maggie eatted all plants, right?”
“That’s correct.”
Another concerned friend chimed in, “But, look-it what she’s eating! Aaaaagh, no, no!”
I was utterly confused as I sat down and watched them all eating the same snack….was I missing something?
“Ms. Barbra? Should she be eating those animal crackers?” A child leaned over and whispered in my ear.

2 comments:

Edie Parrott said...

Barbra, I was drinking iced tea as I read this post. When I reached the final sentence, I spit tea all over the screen. Now, I have to clean my computer. Thanks for the laugh!!!

Barbra Stephens said...

Sorry about your computer, Edie.
I must say they got me on this one,too....
I excused myself, went around the corner...laughed...came back explained as best as I could about the crackers with a straight face.