This morning Malachi, age 4, walked into the kitchen on a mission. Mission title: Operation Breakfast. Mission goal: The consumption of breakfast product, specifically of a cereal-type. Mission bonus: Chocolate milk in the cereal instead of white. Mission victory: total parental compliance, hunger satiated.
“Daddy, can I have some cereal?”
“Sure, buddy. We’ve got Cheerios, Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, Non-Brand Cheerios (Oatey-O’s) Honey Bunches of Something.”
“Cheerios, please” (He’s quite polite for a 4 year old)
“Sure thing, Lad.”
“With Chocolate milk?”
“No. Regular milk in your cereal.”
Holding a box, Malachi asks “Is this the Cinnamon flavored Honey Bunches of Oats?”
“Great! It will turn the white milk brown! It will turn the white milk brown! That’s what I want.”
Mission accomplished, one semi-casualty.