It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Cause and Effect

I have the habit of boiling half a dozen eggs at a time, and then popping them into the fridge for later use as a snack, or on salads, or to be thrust into the hand of a son who “doesn’t have time” for breakfast. We don’t have an egg rack in the fridge, so the cooked ones go back in the cardboard carton, with ‘HB’ written on top.

Darcy had seen this system many times over his couple of years with me, and at four, he’s now old enough to understand that HB are letters conveying a specific meaning. Last time he visited, he asked for a hard-boiled egg.

“I’m sorry, sweetie, I don’t have any made right now, and there isn’t time to make one before you have to go home.”

“Oh, that’s okay.” He opens the fridge and points to the carton off eggs. “Just write HB on one of these!”

January 26, 2007 - Posted by | the things they say!


  1. Isn’t funny. It’s not the boiling that does it, just the letters on top.
    It reminds me of a story from when I was a child. We always made HB eggs at Easter. We soon discovered that I was quite a fan of them. My father would make them and just put them in the egg tray of our fridge. All was well until a few weeks after the holiday, I decided I wanted an egg. I think I broke about half a dozen (cracking them against the fridge door, letting the egg ooze down onto the floor) before going to my father and telling him that all the eggs were bad. I thought they came hard boiled.
    At least you marked them in some way that he knows their different. 🙂

    Comment by Dani | January 26, 2007 | Reply

  2. Okay to start, I meant isn’t that funny. oops!

    Comment by Dani | January 26, 2007 | Reply

  3. Good thinking, I wish I had thought of it.

    Comment by Peter | January 26, 2007 | Reply

  4. where do tough chickens come from…..?

    Comment by jenny uk | January 26, 2007 | Reply

  5. That is fantastically funny! Just when you think you have heard it all, a child opens their mouth.

    Comment by yathink | January 26, 2007 | Reply

  6. Absolutely brilliant! I’d like to have that magical power and turn some things into dinner.

    Comment by mamacita tina | January 26, 2007 | Reply

  7. Yes, it’s so very simple, Mary!! It’s all a matter of labeling, dontcha know!??

    Comment by Kristen | January 26, 2007 | Reply

  8. Ahhh! I love that! THOSE things are what make little ones so much fun!!

    Comment by Tater and Tot | January 27, 2007 | Reply

  9. Clever boy!

    Comment by Lady M | January 29, 2007 | Reply

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