Snippets of a typical dinner conversation at the Heinrichs table (except that we now have an M. Div student added to the mix - hello, Rachel!):
Mom: Did somebody put something in my water? It tastes funny.
Dad: You mean the plastic cup in the sink?
Mom: Did I just drink CLR?
Mom: WHY WOULD YOU PUT CLR IN MY CUP?
Dad: It was in the sink! And it wasn't much. You'll be fine.
Carla: The container says to call 911.
Dad: Nah, it was diluted. Only a drop or two. She's fine.
Carla: This cantaloupe tastes moldy, but I don't see any mold.
Mom: I know what you mean! It kind of does, doesn't it? It's got that sort of aftertaste.
Justin: Well, I'M SORRY I'M A HORRIBLE CHEF!
Dad: I ate strawberries that tasted like soap today.
Mom: That's because I washed them with dish soap by mistake!
Justin: You're making me hungry.
Carla: Everything makes you hungry. Even watching Naruto eat bugs makes you hungry.
Brianna: I think my friend's dad is dying.
Carla: Hey Justin - who do you think will die next in Naruto?
Justin: Everyone. But then they'll come alive again. I hope Karin dies. I mean, I hope she's unconscious for the rest of the show and is never mentioned again.
Carla: Do you not like death anymore? You still kill people for fun in your video games.
Justin: But I'm not as bad as Mathias. Death is bad.
Dad: Is death inherently bad? I don't think it is. Jeff would say it is. Pastor Murray seems to think it is.
Brianna: It's bad my friend's dad is dying.
Carla: Indeed. That sucks.
Justin: Suckers.... yummmm.
Mom: I took my kindergarteners to swimming class today. Imagine - 15 little naked bodies running around the change room.
Dad: You were all in the same change room?!
Mom: No, we split the boys and girls up.
Dad: You brought the boys in with you?!
Mom: No, we were in the family change room.
Dad: Everyone was in the same change room?!
Mom: No, dear, just the boys and a few parent helpers.
Carla: I should go to Bible study tonight, but I feel like staying home. I want to watch "Merlin".
Dad: So it's Bible study... or ancient witchcraft?
Carla: Well, if you put it that way...
Justin: If God hardened Pharaoh's heart, aren't we all predestined?
Carla: I know I should go, I just don't feel motivated.
Justin: I'll flip a coin! We'll see was God says.
Dad: Don't tell her if she's defying fate until she's acting on her decision. Then we'll be able to see if it's predestined or not.
Brianna: I think I've met that missing girl they just showed on the news. I know where she is.
Carla: Hey Justin - if Kakashi suddenly went missing, do you think Naruto or Sakura would recognize him if he had no hair? It's not like they've ever seen his face.
Brianna: Everything I say you relate back to whatever TV show you're watching!
Mom: How do you know it's the same girl?
Brianna: Gut feeling.
Justin: Ok. Heads Carla goes, tails she stays.
Brianna: It's kind of a tough situation. She ran away from some horrible stuff.
Dad: Witchcraft is pretty horrible.
Carla: But is magic always unethical? Didn't the prophets of the Old Testament pretty much just get high to receive their visions?
Mom: Ethics aren't always clear cut.
Carla: Is it unethical to assassinate a dictator?
Dad: Maybe something isn't unethical just because it's wrong.
Justin: The coin is flipped!
Brianna: One of my friends got engaged.
Carla: Justin! Do you think Naruto and Sakura will get married? I'm assuming you already know Arthur and Gwen are getting married.
Brianna: You're doing it again!
Dad: Are you going to Bible study, Carla?
Dad: What did the coin say?
Justin: Yes! Twice! She has no free will!
Mom: Which friend got engaged, sweetheart?
....and so on...
Note: This post is based on real conversations and our standard dinner conversational style (Rachel can attest to that), but is not a verbatim transcript.
"If you think anyone is sane you just don't know enough about them." Christopher Moore