Monday, November 17, 2008

invest in your future





While zipping through the grocery store recently, Mr. M found a coconut and wanted to buy it. My first response was "no." (Why does the parent in me even do that, anyway?) He continued to plead for the coconut, (and I thought: why did I say no so quickly?... it's just a coconut) then I broke a basic rule of parenting and gave in. I only wanted to exit the store quickly and quietly. You know--no scene. Plus, I happen to think coconuts are cool. Ironically, it was the best 99 cent investment I've made in a long time. The joy and anticipation of drilling the hole... everyone wanting to try the 'milk' and then hours of being entertained. Two of the girls set to extracting the 'meat' from the coconut and talked endlessly about the many ways they might enjoy eating it... toasted, drizzled with chocolate, with caramel, etc. and the boys entertained themselves with the shells. We had the modeling of the coconut bra, the galloping horses (think Monty Python) and the hairy eyeball (the hole was drilled into the bottom of the shell). When you're looking ahead to an eventless evening, may I suggest that you gallop over to your local grocery store and pick up a coconut?

6 comments:

ChefTom said...

And where are the pictures of all of this adventure? I especially would like to see Mr W. in the coconut bra...

LL said...

add that to the Christmas list.
Eggs and Coconut. ho ho ho

Schenewarks said...

We are always left a coconut from Mr. Santa. Miller would enjoy the horse clopping made from halves this year. I think one year I tried to grate the coconut off but I can't remember if it worked. I love spontaneity when it works!

Christy said...

OH MAN!
I just denied a child a coconut YESTERDAY! My life could have been so different...

We found a real coconut at my brothers house in Hawaii a couple years ago...took about 1/2 hour to actually open it, peel and all, but great family memory.

Becky said...

BRAVO my sister. WHY is it that our first instinct as a parent is NO? I will try and follow your example - think first and then answer....:)

Marilyn said...

That sounds like toooo much fun!