In her comment to the no-grow blues, Kathy—one of my favorite readers (and bloggers)—mentioned what she was told when she wouldn’t eat dinner. As a child. Not last week. Kathy was warned, “If you don’t eat it, you’ll shrivel up and blow away.”
Oh yes? That sounds like a threat for The Mama. And I wasted no time. I tried it at dinner that very night when Alice was appalled by the spinach and chickpea patties and steamed edamame I dared to set on her plate.
The Mama: You’d better have a few more bites, Alice. If you don’t, you might blow away.
Alice: (shoots crazy look at The Mama) What?!
The Mama: You need to eat, or you will blow away. You know how paper blows around in the wind? You will too if you don’t eat.
Alice: But I’m staying down.
The Mama: It isn’t windy. If it were, you would blow away.
Alice: No I won’t. Remember gravity?
Damn. I need to start lying to this kid.