Thursday, December 21, 2006

The wisdom of a child

We were having dinner at my brother's house with his wife and two kids. The vegetable on offer was edamame (soybeans). My nephew, age 3, loves them, and so does Miriam. But my niece, age 5, hates them. But she was served a few of them anyway, even as she protested.

As we ate, my niece piped up and said:

"Mom, there are two reasons I don't like these [the edamame].

"The first one is that when I pop them out, they go on my shirt and make a mess."

I thought that was an interesting reason not to like them, but we all offered sympathy anyway.

Then, she said:

"And the second reason is because they're gross."

Who can argue with that?

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