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Getting the Question Right (It’s Not Always Easy)

Dear Kid,

For lunch the other day, Pi and I stopped at North Market in Columbus.

After we split a macaron as an appetizer (yes, dessert as an appetizer—it was delicious; don’t judge), we wandered around looking for lunch-type food.

Pi chose a combination duck and turkey stew with a broccoli barrier and a chicken-yumminess that was reminiscent of pot-pie filling. Happy child.

I found a Greek place and asked for a delicious looking rice and lentil thing.

I found a Greek place and asked for a delicious looking rice and lentil thing.

Server: You want just the rice?
Me: And the onions and lentils.
Server: But just the rice?
Me (confused): With the onions and lentils.
Server: But no meat?
Me (finally understanding): Ah. No, no meat. Just the rice.

I found a Greek place and asked for a delicious looking rice and lentil thing.

The question she asked (Just the rice?) made perfect sense to her because she was used to people ordering that particular kind of rice with one of their meat selections on top. It made no sense to me because I hadn’t even considered putting a meat selection on top. When she “clarified” by asking the exact same question, I still had no clue what was going on. But when she changed the question, all of a sudden the world shifted into focus and we were communicating.

When she “clarified” by asking the exact same question, I still had no clue what was going on. But when she changed the question, all of a sudden the world shifted into focus and we were communicating. you prefer an alternative explanation, you could say that I should have asked a clarifying question like “What are my choices?” rather than just “huh?”. But I think I’ll stick with it being all her fault.)

It was a delicious lunch (we ate outside since it seemed to be spring in Columbus), followed by an explore. But that’s another story.

Love, Mom

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Mathematics of Yom Kippur and Food

Dear Kid,

The Mathematics of Yom Kippur are astounding. I will leave it to the theologians to explain the theology and to the scholars to explain the scholarly and to everyone else to explain the ratios of the length of the sermon to how hungry we are. I, being a mom, shall explain the Mathematics of Yom Kippur Food.

After extensive research on the subject, I have ascertained that the following is Exactly How Everything Works in Every Household celebrating Yom Kippur.

Day Before Yom Kippur

Eat a normal breakfast

Have a slightly larger than normal mid-morning snack (after all, you’re fasting tomorrow)

Have a slightly larger than normal lunch (ditto)

Have a huge afternoon snack (after all, you’re fasting tomorrow and there might not be enough food at dinner even though you know there will be enough food to feed several small nations)

Dinner. Gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, wine, chicken, brisket, tzimmes, challah, apples and honey, another portion of brisket because you wouldn’t want to be rude, some more tzimmes so the brisket isn’t lonely, asparagus (a little green veggie never hurt anyone), some more tzimmes because it’s really good, another glass of wine because it’s a holiday, a little more chicken because you wouldn’t want to be seen as favoring the brisket, another piece of challah (love those raisins), the chocolate and the apple pie and the honey cake for dessert because you can’t make up your mind, another piece of honey cake because it feels right, another piece of chocolate because YUM, another piece of apple pie because you’re fasting tomorrow. And cream with your coffee please.

Total day before Yom Kippur calorie consumption: 5,782 calories.

Yom Kippur

Sure I'll have another bagel. I mean, I wouldn't want to be rude... DearKidLoveMom.comBreakfast: Skip

Snack: Skip

Lunch: Skip

Snack: Skip

Break-the-fast at Temple: tiny cup of juice, slice of challah, another cup of juice because you’re thirsty, another slice of challah because you have to drive All The Way Home, 2 slices of challah for the road because it’s Really Far to Home.

Dinner at home: Challah (because you didn’t get enough at temple), gefilte fish, a second gefilte fish because you can’t save just one, wine because it’s a holiday, soup because YUM, bagel, lox, cream cheese, kugel, more kugel because YUM, cucumbers, another bagel with everything because you’ve been fasting all day, another glass of wine because wine on an empty stomach is fun, another slice of challah (love those raisins), some more kugel because it’s delish and you’ve been fasting all day, another bagel because this is not really a substantial meal, dessert because it’s time for dessert but please don’t clear the kugel because you might have another piece, more kugel because it would be rude to ask to keep the kugel out and then not eat it, some more dessert because it goes so nicely with the coffee, but no cream in your coffee because you’re sort of watching your calories.

Total Yom Kippur calorie consumption (before the late evening snack because you’ve been fasting all day): 6,891 calories.

Conversation in every home: I can’t believe I didn’t lose any weight and I was fasting all day!

Isn’t math fun?

Love, Mom

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Conversation (Sort of) with an Otter

Dear Kid,

Did I mention we went to the Newport Aquarium? (I did, it was just a way to get you to click on yesterday’s blog if you’ve forgotten.)

One of my favorite parts was seeing the Asian Small Clawed Otter.

Just so we’re clear, there is nothing about this small otter that would make it a good choice for a house pet. Nothing. They aren’t social, they mark their territory in a very odor-ful way, they are rather vicious, and they can bite through a steel-toed boot.

On the other hand, they pack a LOT of cute into their little bodies.

Look how well I've trained this human. Nita, the Asian Small Clawed Otter Newport Aquarium. DearKidLoveMom.comI tried to have a conversation with Nita (the 6 year old Asian Small Clawed Otter on display) before the education talk.

Me: Hi

Nita: Can’t talk now. Too excited. I have to run around because it’s almost time for the humans! Did you know that visitors come to watch the humans? Visitors sometimes watch me during the day, but when I bring out the humans, they all sit down and pay attention.

Gotta swim.

I’m back. Look at all the visitors! They really like my humans. Come on, humans! What are you waiting for?

Hiding. Bet you can’t find me. Just kidding. I’m right here in the log.

Gotta swim.

The humans never come through the water, but I thought I’d check.

Hey humans! I’m on top of the steps looking for you.

Gotta swim.

Where are you! I’m ready, ready, ready!

There you are. What took you so long? Silly humans.

And with that, Nita the Asian Small Clawed Otter, put her humans through their paces. Mostly, she touched a stick. She had taught them that when she touched the stick they should feed her. Nita’s humans were very well trained.

Why yes, thank you. I'd love another small fish. Asian Small Clawed Otter at Newport Aquarium.

Asian Small Clawed Otters are related to weasels (Not responsible for that branch of the family!), and they are the smallest otters in the world (Hey! A little sensitivity please!).

The Aquarium has another Asian Small Clawed Otter, a 4 year old male named Porkchop. Porkchop and Nita have not yet established that they want to be on the same planet, much less in the same display area so the Aquarium only has one out at a time. Apparently, the Aquarium did not consult an online dating site before pairing them up. Nor did they read any of my blogs on relationships (like this one, or this one, or this one).

Silly humans.

Love, Mom

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