Monday, November 15, 2004

Sonshine's Popcorn Tree

The other day I made some popcorn for Tiny Princess and Sonshine. Sonshine took the unpopped kernels from the bottom of the bowl and decided he would plant them out in the garden. He wants to grow a popcorn tree.

Sonshine is quite insistent about the existence of popcorn trees. He says there is a popcorn tree at his preschool. There is also a song that he sings at church about "popcorn popping on the apricot tree"; evidently he takes it way too literally, since the song is about clusters of white blossoms that only seem like popcorn. The fact that popcorn is a type of corn which grows on cornstalks hasn't dissuaded him from believing that popcorn grows on trees.

He's incredibly devoted to cultivating this popcorn tree. He went out in the cold this morning with a bucket to water his beloved tree. He is constantly pointing out the benefits of having a popcorn tree-- "Now we won't have to buy popcorn any more! Whenever we want popcorn we'll just pick some!"-- and describing what popcorn trees look like, how the popcorn grows in balls, etc. etc.

I don't have the heart to tell him that even if popcorn grew on trees, the seeds he planted had been in the microwave and probably would not germinate, and even if they did, November is not the time to plant them for best results.

UPDATE: Sonshine wants to give the popcorn tree some lunch to eat, because we all know that popcorn trees can't subsist on water alone.