Actual conversation with Eleanor on the way home from dance:
E: Mom, can you name the planets?
Me: Sure: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus
E: What about Pluto?
Me: I don’t think it’s considered a planet anymore.
E: But it’s a planet.
Me: No, I think we used to call it a planet but it’s been downgraded somehow.
E: But it’s still a planet?
Me: Do you understand the word “downgraded”?
Me: Well it’s like if you had a hamster…
E: What’s a hamster?
Me: Really? Do you know what gerbils are?
Me: OK. A hamster is like a zhu zhu pet only actually alive. Like a little rodent. A rodent is… Wait, like Winnie on the Wonder Pets! Only, again, actually living.
E: You mean Linny?
Me: Really? I guess so. God, Linny isn’t even a real name. … OK. Let’s start over. Let’s say you had a cat.
Me: And for years you couldn’t get very close to it or see it very well and you really thought it was a dog, because it had four legs, and lots of fur, and a tail, and so you went around calling it a dog. Then one day you manage to actually see it better and you realize that it does not at all act like a dog, so you decide to call it a a cat. That’s kind of what happened to Pluto.
E: But it is still a planet?
Me: Not really?
E: Then what is it?
Me: I don’t know? Just a space-thing.
E: How do you know?
Me: Look. I read a lot. Like newspapers and stuff. Except not actually newspapers because they are all on the computer now. Wait. Do you know what a newspaper is?
Me: A newspaper is like the computer only made of trees.
I can’t escape the feeling that I am doing this whole parenting thing very very wrong.
Last night I made a beet salad with Parsley-Tahini dressing and goat cheese. As an aside, can anyone defend the existence of candy-stripe beets? They look so pretty, but when you roast them all that loveliness goes away, and they just taste like golden beets. I don’t know why we bother.
- 2 C Golden or Candy-stripe beets, roasted and chopped
- ½ C flat leaf parsley, rinsed and chopped
- ¼ C tahini
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- a little garlic depending on your taste (I find raw garlic to be too strong, so I tend to use canned or frozen in raw applications like this)
- ¼ C Goat cheese, crumbled
Mix tahini, parsley lemon juice, olive oil and garlic in a food processor until well blended. Loosen the dressing with a little water or more EVOO if desired. Toss beets with dressing and crumble goat cheese over top.