I wondered in this post what happens to the leftover pie when the meal plans were constructed for a family of five. Traditionally, a pie is cut in eight slices. A reader commented pointing out that the pie in the above photo was neatly divided in five slices. Well, whaddya know, it IS. I hadn’t noticed that. Wow, those are BIG slices.
Which then begs the question, what if there are four kids instead of three? Or six? Or seven? When one dessert is planned per supper and must be divided according to the number in the family (to stick strictly to the meal plans!), that would have an increasingly negative effect on dessert.
Ross was two years old when Weston was born. One day soon after Weston had started crawling, I went to the back of the house to do something after setting the children in front of Barney the babysitter on TV. When I returned, there was Ross, merrily enjoying Barney, but no Weston. And the door to the deck was open. At the time, we lived on a lake in Texas. I rescued Weston halfway from the house to the shore. (After this incident, we placed a lock at the top of all the doors.) After bringing Weston back to the house, I asked Ross WHY he had opened the door and let Weston crawl out.
Ross said, “He doesn’t want to live here anymore.”
A few months after Morgan was born, I had all three children in the living room while I was cooking in the kitchen. This was an open concept house, so I could see into the living room (pretty much, furniture blocking the view partially) and hear them, but even so by the time I went back into the living room Weston had managed to pile several baby blankets on top of Morgan in an attempt to smother her.
Morgan’s homicidal tendencies have never been tested since she was the last one, but it’s clear no child is really enthusiastic about a new addition to the family that takes them out of their “baby” spot.
And you know why. It’s the pie effect!!! And it’s all Meta Given’s fault!