On this episode of Conversations With Small Children…
The small children and their mother are on their way to an appointment with the small children’s pediatrician. School is about to start and the children are in need of shots to begin their schooling.
On the way to the doctor’s office, mother stops at the local bakery to get everyone a bit of lunch. Sandwich orders are placed. Beverages chosen from shiny glass cases and the little family, minus father, goes to sit down at a table.
As they wait for the sandwiches to be finished the small children make various inquiries about the room, the furniture, the lights, the state of the economy, the time of day and eight hundred other things their growing little minds can come up with until the second of the small children notices the bottle of iced tea on the table.
“Mommy, what does that say,” inquires the small child.
“Oh you mean this little spikey bubble with letters on the bottle? That says the tea contains Antioxidants.” replies the mother.
“What are those?” asks the small child.
“Well, why don’t you ask the doctor when we see him in a few minutes? I bet he will be able to tell you what they are.” the mother says.
“Ok, can I have a drink of it anyway, even if I don’t know what they are yet?” the small child asks.
As the sandwiches arrive at the table, the mother allows the small child to have a few sips of the iced tea and the conversation is put on hold.
An hour or so later after a short waiting period at the doctors office and a quick visit with the nurse practitioner the small children have been patiently waiting for the doctor to arrive. When the doctor finally comes in he barely sits down before the small children can take the suspense no longer.
“What are antioxidants?!?”, blurt the two small children.
“Well…” begins the astonished doctor, who is trying to formulate an answer that will be acceptable to small ones, “Antioxidants are like little scrubbers that clean your blood.”
The small child who had consumed the tea grins from ear to ear. The other small child sits with a quizzical look on her face and then says…
“My blood is really clean then because I just had a sip of tea… her blood isn’t clean at all because she just had Chocolate milk!”