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Castanhas (Chestnuts) are to Stegosaurus as…

Disclaimer: We all know these buckeyes/conkers/horse chestnuts are not eatable, but Molly loves harvesting them and we keep them in our closets to repel bugs.

Disclaimer: We all know these buckeyes/conkers/horse chestnuts are not eatable, but Molly loves harvesting them and we keep them in our closets to repel bugs.

 

Molly: (in full pterodactyl mode) I don’t want to get dressed!

Me: Noted, but you would be cold if you went to school just in your pajamas.

Molly: No, I take a blanket to school.

Me: But what would you do when you needed your hands and arms?  Before the popularity of the cardigan sweater in the early 1900’s woman would struggle to stay warm under small shoulder blankets they called, “shawls.”

Molly: Harrumph.

Me: I think it is best to get dressed and looooooook this shirt has a stegosaurus on it. He has spikes. He’s spiky.

Molly: He is spiky like castanhas (chestnuts)? The green castanhas (chestnuts) part was spiky. I picked it up and said, “ouch!”

Me: Same evolutionary principal that leads to the buckeye (horse chestnut) and chestnut husks having spikes applies to the stegosaurus; it is much harder to eat something spiky than it is to eat something soft.

Molly: Castanhas (chestnuts) are like stegosaurus?

Me: Yup.

Molly: Hard to eat?

Me: Harder, but worth it. Castanhas (chestnuts) are delicious. I imagine much like the stegosaurus.

Molly: (patting her belly) I not hard to eat. I soft.

Me: Yes, but you’re brave and smart.  You can use your intelligence like spikes.

Molly: My brain is spiky?

Me: (nodding)

Molly: Mama, I don’t’ want to get dressed. My brain is tooooo spiky. My clothes won’t fit. Toooo spiky.

Me: (deep sigh)