A conversation had whilst eating mac and cheese at 10 a.m.; I was typing while they talked.
George: Is meat cow, mommy?
Me: Hamburgers and steak come from cows, yes. And chicken comes from chickens, and pork comes from pigs. And hot dogs…
Della: …come from dogs. We eat dogs for dinner.
Me: No. We don’t eat dogs. Hot dogs come from either cows or pigs.
George: Do we eat fox for dinner?
Della: Or frogs for dinner?
Della: I heard we eat fox sometimes.
Della: I know something else we eat. I know dragons are not real, but we eat dragons.
Me: No, we don’t.
Della: Don’t you know kale is dragon? And spinach is dragon.
George: Is kale dragon, mommy?
George: (to Della) It’s not. (To me) What comes from mac and cheese?
Me: Pasta comes from a plant called wheat, and cheese comes from milk, which comes from cows.
Della: Easy. Easy to make mac and cheese, isn’t it? All you need to do is cook it.
George: How do buffaloes eat?
Me: They graze on grasses just like horses.
George: Oh. Do we eat buffalo?
Me: Sometimes we do. Buffalo burgers.
George: Hey—Bungalow Bill! That used to be my favorite song. Did Bungalow Bill used to be my favorite song?
Della: How do dogs eat and cats eat?
Me: Out of bowls. They eat dog and cat food. I think it has meat in it.
George: What about boats? What about boaters?
Me: Boats eat gas, and boaters are people, so they eat like we do. They eat all kinds of things.
George: A boater is a kind of rock.
Della: Boulder. Boulder is a really big rock.
Me: Oh. Okay. Boulders don’t eat anything.
Della: Mom, how do humans eat?
George: They just crunch.
Della (singing): Do you like mac and cheese? Yes I do, yes I do. Do you like humans? No I don’t, no I don’t.
Me: I have a question for you guys. How do you feel about eating animals?
George: Crazy. No, I mean bad.
Me: Do you think we shouldn’t eat animals?
Me: Why is it ok?
Della: Because animals that are good for us can make us strong. Wanna see how strong I am? (flexes)
George: Wanna see how strong I am? (flexes)
Della: Wanna see me eat all my mac and cheese?
George: Cowboys are very, very, very, very, very strong.
Me: Did you know some people don’t eat meat?
Della: Yeah, like vegetarians.
Me: That’s right. Did you know you don’t have to eat meat if you don’t want to?
Della: Well, I like meat.