Welcome to the Food Chain

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Our just-turned-two son sees our cat, Clarence, eating a bird outside.

Son: “Dada! Clarence eat da buhd!”
Me: “That’s right, sometimes cats eat birds.”
Son: “Clarence KILL da buhd!”
Me: “Yep.”
Son: “Clarence KILL and EAT da buhd.”
Me: “Uh-huh, cats eat birds. But what do birds eat?”
Son: “Buhds eat…. buhds eat INSEKS.”
Me: “That’s right! And what do insects eat?”
Son: “Insek eat… inseks eat LEAVES.”
Me: “All right! And what do leaves eat?”
Son: “Leaves eat?”
Me: “Yeah, what do leaves eat?”
Son: “… leaves eat SUNLIGHT!”

Good boy.

7 Responses to “Welcome to the Food Chain”

  1. Gabriel

    Hah, well transcribed. What a smart little guy. 🙂

  2. “And who eats cats?”



  3. Great job, Emmett! And from the perspective of a dense forest floor, leaves KILL and EAT da sunlight!

  4. Awww that’s the best; I had no idea a 2-year-old could contain such wisdom. I smile.

  5. Mike Sussman

    Now you just need to teach him that sunlight eats the excess mass of hydrogen nuclei!

  6. Aviv

    I don’t wanna jinx it, but your son’s really smart!
    Keep doing whatever it is you’re doing to him…

  7. Georgette Oden


    Whoever’s been talkin’ to that boy– they’re smart!