November 25, 2010

Overheard: Chopping Onions

I’m celebrating Thanksgiving with family in St. Louis. My brother was chopping onions for the stuffing and his seven year old son wanted to help.

“Can I chop onions too?”

“Sure. Here’s how you hold the knife. Hold the onion like this.”

My nephew’s eyes began to tear. He squinted and shook his head.

“What’s going on? Why do my eyes hurt?”

My brother saw this as a learning moment.

“That’s what happens whenever you hold a knife.”

“It does?”

“Know what makes it go away? Reading.”

Update: Okay, okay, you guys. He didn't stop there. It was funnier to leave off the immediate correction and truthful explanation my brother offered. My nephew is quite used to his dad's antics and was already onto him.


Lightning Bug's Butt said...

I wish I could think on the spot like that as a parent. The best I can do is tel my kid that my alcoholic beverage is cough medicine.

rox said...

I think I love your brother! LOL!

Blobby said...

THAT is classic. Very well done.

tornwordo said...

It's cruel to lie to the kids. But still funny.

THIS IS ME....ONLINE said...

He's REALLY good!!! Happy belated Thanksgiving!

Birdie said...

Torn, it was funnier to leave off the immediate correction he offered to my nephew. No harm. Besides, the nephew is used to his antics.

Cubby said...

Someday that poor boy will want to prepare some food for himself and he'll remember this. Then he'll get in the car and go to McDonalds. Ugh.

Ur-spo said...

wicked !