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.