The boy has feeling about “eating green things”. They are not good feelings. He has also just discovered April Fools Day this year. His joke was “Mom, something happened today. I dropped my Darth Maul lego guy in the toilet and accidentally flushed. APRIL FOOLS DAY!!!!!” If there had been even a slight pause between the story and the punch line, it would have been a great prank on me.
Clearly, I had to show him how it’s done.
I had seen this on Pinterest and put a plan into action. I came home, made pudding (with the boy watching the whole time), and sent him downstairs to play with daddy. I put the pudding in some ceramic cups, the closest to a flower pot I could find. While that cooled, I crushed some Thin Mint-like cookies and crumbled them on top. Finally, I added a sprig of mint to each pot.
I took the plants downstairs and told a nice story about how I had picked these up at the Ferry Building farmers market. The guy had said the dirt was edible. Do you think we should try it?
“Really? I have a spoon. I think it might be kind of fun to eat dirt”
I took a bite. He looked shocked. I offered one to him. He said no. Daddy took mercy and said the dirt kind of smelled like chocolate. He put it together. APRIL FOOLS!!
Victory is mine.