I took an opportunity this evening while preparing dinner (tomato soup, Ritz crackers and grilled cheese sandwiches, served with a 2008 white milk) to share with Mary a little of the message we heard this morning at church. I took the message in a different direction, in order to help her understand world hunger. (Next week we will work on solving it…)
What I shared with her is that in many places in the world the only thing available to eat is rice. She was a little surprised. “What about chicken?” she asked. “Nope. They don’t have that.” “Welp, what about turkey? Do they have that?” I answered no, but that they might have a few cows.
For milk, I explained, with a smile (oh how smart is THIS mommy!)
I asked her if she knew where hamburgers came from. “Meat?” “Well, close, hamburgers come from cows.” “Oh. So, when we eat hamburgers we are eating cow?” I cringed. Am I turning her vegan? “Yes, that’s right.” “Oh! So hamburgers have milk in them.”
What can I say?