Are You Sure?

December 5, 2008 by Michelle

The scene: A family dinner at the table with Mommy, Daddy, Mister Man, and Little Miss.

Mister Man: Mommy, do you know where ham comes from (as he shovels a forkful of ham into his mouth)?
Me: Yes, pigs!
Mister Man: You’re right.
Me: Do you know where chicken comes from?
Mister Man: quizzical look
Me: Where do you think?
Mister Man: I have no idea.
Me: Chickens!
Mister Man: I said, I don’t know.
Me: I mean chicken comes from chickens.
Mister Man: No, it doesn’t.
Me: Umm, I think it does.
Mister Man: Nuh-uh.
Me: Then where does it come from?
Mister Man: From factories!
Me: Well, ok, but it’s still really from chickens.
Mister Man: No, it isn’t.
Me: Then where is it from?
Mister Man: From farms!
Me: Right, from the chickens that are living on the farms.
Mister Man: Are you sure?

Yes, kiddo, I’m pretty sure. Pigs and ham are easy, but chickens … that’s the tough one!


  • Kori

    I love Mister Man and his quizical thinking. He rocks!

  • Melisa

    ha ha…except when you’re talking to a Jewish person*…then the pig is the tough one! LOL

    (*I can say that. I’m one.)

  • Michelle

    Kori – Yeah… the quizzical thinking. It’s pretty entertaining. I only wish I remembered half of what he said.

    Melisa – Well, ok yeah that would be tough — depending on how kosher you keep. I have some pretty non-observant Jewish friends (and some incredibly strict ones, too). I just think it’s funny that he totally knew where ham came from but that chicken stumped him.

  • angela | the painted house

    My husband was shocked recently to learn what lamb is. Duh. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • J Cosmo Newbery

    Reminds me of a very old cartoon called “pigs is pigs” where some guy was trying to decide what tariff applied to Guinea Pigs when shipping by train. Are they pigs? Should they be charged as pigs? All the while the GPs were breeding and going off like popcorn behind him.

  • Michelle

    Angela – Umm, the good news is that he never has to eat it? Is there a vegan lamb btw like there is tofurkey?

    J Cosmo Newbery – I’ve never seen that cartoon, but the imagery absolutely cracks me up! Thanks.

  • Karen

    Sometimes it’s the common sense things that are the real stumpers. Apparently.

  • Weaselmomma

    I love conversations like this!

  • Veggie Mom

    From the mouths of babes…

  • Jeff

    Funny. Sometimes it’s better to leave food sources left unexplained.

  • Michelle

    Karen – Right. I actually thought Mister Man was going to be my smart kid, but now I’m reevaluating that assumption….

    Weaselmomma – Me, too! We had another good one today (today’s post), and I can only hope that I keep remembering to write them down. They’re too precious!

    Veggie Mom – Hopefully. I’m afraid that it’ll end up being from the mouths of elementary school kids and then from the mouths of teenagers and then….

    Jeff – I was actually not going to EVER bring this up with them, but Mister Man brought up and knew about pigs and ham and seemed fine with it, so….

  • Cookie

    ROFL! He’s really working his brain! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Michelle

    Cookie – Uhhhh, yeah. Working his brain. That’s it. I didn’t realize that overthinking something came into play so early.

  • Angela

    LOL! Did you ever see “Independence Day?” There is a line in that movie where Randy Quaid’s character is crop-dusting the wrong field. When he lands, his son tells him he was in the wrong place. Quaid’s character is drunk at the time, and he takes a moment and then says “Are you sure?” The tone and accent of the phrase are what made it so funny in that movie, and now hubby and I say that to each other all the time. One of us will state something and the other will go, “Um, are you SURE?” LOL. We’re silly that way ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Michelle

    Angela – I haven’t seen that movie, but maybe Mister Man *has* somehow ๐Ÿ˜‰ He definitely has the tone you’re talking about. Gotta love it at this age already!

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