19 June 2007

Food of the Gods?













My son Tom, who is eight, has an unusual way of looking at things. Listening to him is always amusing and occasionally I learn something.

He is very fond of the computer game ‘Age of Mythology’. I loathe computer games on the whole, but this one has led to intense discussions among the two kids about obscure details of Greek and Roman mythology, which I encourage. Occasionally it gets a bit surreal.

Tom and our friend Anna were discussing the attributes of various gods: Poseidon, Thor, Neptune, Zeus.

Anna: And do you know what the gods eat, Tom? What's the food of the gods?

Tom: I dunno… Olives?

3 comments:

I am the Queen of F*%&ING EVERYTHNG...OK!! said...

Better than "other people" which was an answer I once got for a similar question

emily said...

This reminds me of a conversation I overheard on teaching prac in Wellington between two five-year olds:
First boy: God made you! And you, and you, and the world, and - He even made ALL the peoples."
Second boy (barely interested): Yeah... but He hasn't got any money, eh?
(This sure poured cold water on the conversation!)

Crritic! said...

That's hilarious, Em.

Check out Michael Leddy's collection of overheard posts for more: http://del.icio.us/orange_crate_art/overheard?setcount=100