So once a week, I tutor this remarkable 3rd grade girl in math. It’s fun. I tell her things like “5 isn’t a number!” just to make her talk to me. It works. Like always.
After tutoring, the church that runs the program serves the kids dinner. It’s pretty incredible work that these folks do for their community. Seriously, I’m like… always impressed.
So this girl, her mom took her to Burger King before tutoring. So she was going to eat this afterwards, when all the other kids were eating their well balanced meals served by the church. Her bag of food is sitting on the table, and she’s sipping on an extraordinarily red drink. Between lessons on place value and multiple-digit subtraction, she interrupts me.
Girl: Can I ask you a personal question that’s totally unrelated?
Girl: Have you ever mixed all the drinks together?
Girl: It’s kind of gross, but also really good. [takes another sip]
And then I told her about Vermont White Cheddar Wheat Thins, which the boy shared with me at work. Disgusting. In an amazingly addictive way. It reminded me of this episode of Gilmore Girls*.
Luke: Uh, I made some brownies, I thought you might like some.
Lorelai: Oh, gee, since I just ate half a bag of marshmallows, six Pop Tarts, four bagel dogs and a really stale Cheese Nip – yup, it’s brownie time, thanks. Hey, here’s a question for you.
Lorelai: Well, you probably have a diner full of people who would love these brownies – plus, I bet they’d pay you for ‘em.
Luke: Well, I accidentally dropped triple the amount of cocoa powder in the batter so I either had to dump the batch or find someone with some sort of superhuman chocolate tolerance – only one name came to mind.
Lorelai: God, I love being special.
Later, when Lorelai actually eats one of the brownies, she remarks on how disgusting they are. Then takes another bite.
Unrelatedly, go spend time with somebody you wouldn’t normally, be it a 3rd grader in a rough neighborhood or your totally nerdy coworker. It’s good for you. Seriously.