Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Segue From Halloween to...

There are two kinds of geniuses: smart ones and dumb ones. But this is true elsewhere. Good cop, bad cop. Teachers who inspire, those who hate their jobs (and children). Fun pirates, avoid-at-all-cost-pirates. Mice can go either way, but really, how bad can a mouse be?

The ink drawing above is from Writers in the Kitchen, compiled by Tricia Gardella (smart genius) published by Boyds Mills Press. Inside are stories and recipes from children's book authors and illustrators. Ed Young, for example, shares a recipe for "Rawfish Gruel". Brian Selznick unveils "Thanksgiving Surprise, from my mother, who can't cook". My contribution was concocted when I was nine:

"Cat's Eyeballs in Blood with Gold Nuggets"

The following recipe requires ingredients to be obtained if at all possible
from Spanish pirate ships:

one can tomato soup
one cup (more of less) of KIX cereal
one cup cubed sharp cheddar cheese

The longer the KIX bob around, the slimier they get.

My brother had a redwood plaque with this message burned into it: "If yore so dang smart why ain't you rich?" When I was nine, I assumed I was a genius, and a super hero. Now I know that I am a brilliant simpleton, or a dumb genius.

2 comments:

Kitty said...

Real geniuses are usually lacking in something (like social skills) so I'd say you've got the best of both worlds :)

Does that recipe...work? Or can it only be appreciated by 9 year olds?

Richard Jesse Watson said...

Well, Kitty, when I was nine I was not too discriminating. But I finessed this recipe by adding fresh basil, crushed garlic, red pepper flakes, tiny dab of horseradish, a dash of sushi rice vinegar, a flick of chives, and either toss out the Kix, or float them as you place the plate in front of victim. Gold nuggets can be cheddar, and/or fresh grated parmigiana.