Monday, November 08, 2010


You asked for oatmeal this morning
I mashed bananas and mixed them in, since
they were going bad and variety is good

Your first bite.
Gag. choke. big tears well up in your eyes.
You spit the mouthful back into the bowl
and look at me in despair and anger.
How dare I taint your favorite breakfast dish?

I'll put some chocolate chips on it.  Bananas are
good with chocolate right?

You nod.  Oh how you trust your


2nd attempt.
Gag. Choke. Alligator tears spill down over your cheeks.
You chew a few more times, moaning, apparently trying to
convince yourself that chocolate chips make
everything better

but they don't.
thin brown drips of pureed banana oatmeal chocolate chip
mush begin streaming from the corners of your mouth

swallow. I order. just swallow that bite and you
don't have to eat anymore.

um! um! You shake your head.
nauseated chipmunk cheeks puffed out.
Daggers in your eyes.

JUST swallow and take a drink

um!um!  moreheadshaking

don't spit that out.

ummmmm, moaning, desperation
you hold your mouth open like a baby bird
keeping the watery goo in, but taking some breaths
of air through your mouth.
You've earned a bowl of Lucky Charms instead.
Lesson learned:  mashed bananas in oatmeal sounds better
than it tastes.

1 comment:

Sarah Jackson said...

Hahahahah. So great. The way you built it up, I thought you were going to say it was made w/ salt instead of sugar or something!

Simile Metaphor Collection

Elijah after running: My heart is beating like a coconut rolling down a hill.
Elijah on urination: Pee is like horses galloping out of the gate. Once they get started you just can't stop them.
Elijah: If school were a human I'd give it a wedgie.
Elijah: I am like a hot rod and I just want to be a plain old Ford
Elijah on the fruits of the spirit: I've got them all covered except self-control. Its like a tiny green tomato and the rest are all big ripe ones. Especially love. Its like the biggest tomato we saw in the garden tonight.