Some of you know that Ellie has been, to this point, utterly oblivious to the origins of the meat she eats. We used to go through a litany with her once in a while:
Parent: Ellie, do we eat cows?
Parent: Are they delicious?
Parent: Are they foodable (her word)?
Parent: Ellie, do you like cheeseburgers?
Ellie: YES!!! YUMMY!
To tell you the truth, I thought she was starting to suspect. I mean, the girl is four and a half years old. She’s a smart kid. Did she really not understand that chicken nuggets come from chickens and fish sticks come from fish? I thought, until tonight, that she was just continuing to play along in the funny game with Mom & Dad.
Nope. She was clueless.
Dad: Ellie, do you like cheeseburgers?
Ellie: YES! YUMMY!
Dad: Where do cheeseburgers come from?
Dad: But where does McDonald’s get the meat to make cheeseburgers?
Ellie: (pause) I don’t know.
Dad: Burgers are cow meat. (Ellie jumps in shock and stares in horror)
Ellie: NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! I don’t want people to eat K.C.! (her stuffed animal cow…named after a steak…come ON!)
Dad: Honey, nobody’s going to eat K.C., but the cows we see along the road when we’re driving? We eat them. We get steaks and burgers and roast beef from them. And it’s ok.
Dad: Do you like what you’re eating?
Ellie: Yes! YUMMY!
Dad: That’s cow meat and pig meat in that spaghetti sauce, and you like it!
Dad: Ellie, if you’d rather be in denial for a while longer, that’s ok…
Ellie: MMMMM HMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!