Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What Do the Simple Folk Do?

Today a student in Advanced Drama asked a fellow student, "If you could eat anything in the world that you haven't eaten yet, what would you eat?"

The student thought for a moment.  "I want to eat something fancy in Europe.  You know, like what a king would eat."

The other students nodded.  One asked, "What kind of food would a king eat?"

They all looked to me.  "Well," I said, drawing on my memories of recent fancy European meals, "I ate foam this summer."

"Foam?" they asked.

"Foam," I said.

"Foam?" they asked with a different inflection.

"Foam," I said.  "It was part of a 15-course meal I had in Spain."

"Foam?"  they asked again. It turns out there are a lot of inflections with which you can pronounce this one syllable word. "Like... foam?"

"Yes," I said.  "Like seafoam.  Little bubbles made from ocean water.  Foam."

"You ate foam?"


"Like the white stuff in water?"


"Like on an ocean wave?"



I cut them off, "What you're picturing right now when I say 'foam' - that's it.  That's what I ate."

They shook their heads, some in awe, some in confusion, some in disbelief.  "Foam," they say.


  1. Now wait just one minute. Fifteen courses? Really? Remember how we agreed on this while eating said meal: No matter how many amuse-bouches there are, if they're all served at once, they count as only a single course. This is outrageous.

    1. I think you're confusing "we agreed" with "Jason stated his opinion."