A few good whys, and a reading about a cat with a cupcake (Nov. 14)

November 14, 2008

Yesterday the boys and I were in the car, on the way to get M. a haircut. M. asked why the white reflectors are posted along the road. S. asked why we can’t go up into the old natural gas storage tanks along Interstate 44. M asked why the “repeat” button the CD changer causes only one song, and not the whole disc, to play again. S. screamed. I wished I could too.

Why is it kids get to ask all the why questions???? For the record, here are mine from this past hour:

  1. Why is breaded, deep-fried mac and cheese so trendy?  You see it from Jack-in-the-Box to formal dinner party menus (the kind magazines write up, not the kind to which I get invited!)  What’s wrong with plain old mac and cheese that it needs this “improvement”?
  2. Why is the St. Louis music scene so cutthroat, while the independent restaurant scene is so supportive?  I read the other day that 60 percent of our restaurants are independent, which just couldn’t happen without a lot of community support … so why doesn’t the local music scene work the same way?
  3. Why do I drop the basket of clean clothes to be folded in my office, when I could walk it down the hall to the bedroom?  Then it wouldn’t be lurking over my shoulder all day, and I might not feel so guilty about blogging rather than working on assignments!

Nonsense, yes, but sometimes it’s good to go into the realms of the absurb.  Take children’s author Laura Numeroff, who’s made a career of it with books like If You Give a Moose a Muffin and If You Give a Pig a Pancake and If You Take a Mouse to School. We have a whole collection of them — the boys love, love, love both the ridiculous consequences and the detailed artwork by Felicia Bond.  Numeroff will be in town tonight (Nov. 14) to read and sign her latest, If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, at the Brentwood Borders store at 7 p.m.  The Web listing is pretty sparse on protocol, but you can call 314.918.8189 to find out what all she’s signing and whether you can buy the book on site.

Then again, why wouldn’t you be able to?

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