Monday, May 18, 2009

Where reality and fantasy collide

Does anyone watch Fringe? He DIED when he was six?!?!
Sam: Sometimes the mommy cow feeds her baby and then has extra milk, so the farmer takes the extra.

Me: That's not true.

Sam: Yes it is.

Me: Well, most of the time, they only produce extra because the farmer gives them medicines that make them make extra milk. And a lot of people think that might not be such a good thing for people to be drinking.

How is this an education? Rainbows and unicorns is not reality. Why aren't they teaching my kid about real life? Is this why I'm so woefully prepared for my own adulthood?
Sam: Mommy, wouldn't it be nice if there were no laws?

Me (the lawyer):

Sam: But then we wouldn't have to stop at stop lights like on Paradise City.(cousin's xBox360)

Me: Do you know what would happen in real life if you drove like on Paradise City? People would die. We have laws to keep people safe and alive.

I think I owe Tipper Gore an apology.


Bon said...

laughing about Tipper Gore. you may be right. though i still don't necessarily equate song lyrics with laws.

as for the milk, ack. i too love the farm myth. and know it's not reality. and resent that we have become so far removed from that reality that we're setting up Santa Clauses that will then only have to be torn down - if we EVER want our kids to do anything responsible regarding animal ethics, hormones in food, blah blah blah. it's funny that the more industrialized and scifi farming has gotten, the more powerful the myth of the cheery farm animal. or maybe not so funny.

Shinny said...

Fringe, yeah, what is up with that ending? I am guessing W. stole P. from the alternate universe. Just based on what all went on in that episode. I do like the show though, W. and P.'s relationship is so bizarre it keeps me coming back.

Scrappy_Lady said...

I don't normally comment, but have to today.

I grew up on a family farm. The cows gave extra milk because they were bred to and because they recieved nutrient-rich feeds. Artificial hormones were never part of that picture.

I'm not saying that artificial hormones aren't used by any dairy farmers, just that it is more than possible to farm without them.

Over-production is a real issue for many bfing women. Selective breeding towards this trait could probably produce women who produce quite a bit of extra milk.

Just throwing that out there.

Heather said...

Ditto to the above. No horomones here, either. Giving horomones isn't as common as people think it is.

Congratulations on tattoo day! I can't wait to see what you end up with. :)