When In Spain, Do As The Chinese And Eat Spaghetti

“Mom, did you know that spaghetti is my favorite food? Well, it’s true. I think it’s pretty cool that spaghetti is just chinese food that comes from Spain. Ya know, I’ve always wanted to go to Spain…to eat the spaghetti, of course. Plus, I hear they have lots of cool buildings. But, the thing that bugs me about Spain is that they make you get a bunch of shots that really hurt or the Spain people won’t let you come in. Don’t you think that’s a little rude? And, the other thing that really stinks about Spain is that you can’t buy any cool stuff in the gift shops because they don’t take our money. It’s a good thing they take our money in California. Wait a second…California is part of the United States, right?”  Jay-8 

This was said while Jay dined on chicken fingers and french fries, not the spaghetti, in an Italian restaurant in Southern California. After I choked on my Chianti, I politely suggested that we work on geography before the start of the new school year.  His response….

“Sure thing, Mom. I’ve always liked science.” 

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23 Responses to When In Spain, Do As The Chinese And Eat Spaghetti

  1. Dad says:

    Ah, my little genius…he might not be on course for validictorian but he is going to make one heck of a salesman.


  2. debbie goldberg says:



  3. emjayandthem says:

    Ah the poignant yet startling observations of an 8 year old. Boy how I miss those days. 🙂 Cheers, MJ


  4. Hahaha…
    oh, how silly! Although, to be completely fair, I wasn’t very good with math when I was 8, either.


  5. johncerickson says:

    (Just shakes his head and walks away, mumbling incoherently.) 😀
    Although he might just be onto something, questioning whether California really is part of the US!


  6. Lenore Diane says:

    He has a point. You want folks to come visit your country, but first – you require they get shots? The spaghetti better be worth it. That’s all I have to say.


  7. Tony McGurk says:

    Ha Ha The logic of kids. I remember when I was a kid I always feared overseas travel for the “Shots” reason too.


  8. Bearman says:

    If you like olives and pork you will like Spanish food. If you don’t…well then.


  9. Scholar Mel says:

    If I’m not mistaken pasta does come from China but Italians are best known for it. Let your kid now that he can come to Europe shot free 🙂

    He is right though, they don’t want our US dollars. We have to sell them for Euros. Today (maybe not tomorrow) it cost $1.40 for 1 Euro. 😦


  10. Emily says:

    I am CRACKING up. Omg. Get him some geography asap! My sister-in-law didn’t find out that we had a state called Washington until she was 20 years old.

    On another note, when I was in Italy I gained 8 pounds. I was only there three days.


    • Ok. So, you just made me feel better knowing that you have a family member that was clueless that Washington is a state. And, you consider this person to be a fully functioning adult…right?

      8 pounds in three days is impressive…damn carbs!


      • Emily says:

        Haha, she’s ditzy, but she’s much more responsible and well-functioning than her husband who *did* know that Washington was a state. There’s hope 🙂


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