Last night, as I cooked dinner at my client's house, Rapunzel sat nearby, at her little table, coloring.
"Suzanne, I have an idea." She stood and inched toward me, careful not to cross the line between the cabinets and the forbidden stove.
"You do? What is it?" I asked.
"I think there should be streets with names of cities or countries and then all the restaurants on that street will have that kind of food. Like New Orleans Street will have beignets." Rapunzel's big brown eyes widened like she just told me the secret to becoming a princess.
"Ooo. That's a good idea. So you mean there could also be Rome Street, and on that street, all the restaurants could serve Italian food?"
"Yes!" she said.
"The street next to that could be Athens street. And there they could serve Greek Salads and fried cheese."
"Uh huh," she said as she sat down to her coloring book.
I sauteed onions and checked the potatoes in the oven.
"Suzanne," Rapunzel looked up at me.
"I brought beignet mix home from New Orleans," she said.
"Wow. You did?"
The genesis of Rapunzel's genius idea had been revealed. Since their family trip to the Big Easy, she was obsessed with beignets. Regardless, I liked her idea about streets hosting restaurants representing different culinary cultures.
Not bad for a five year old.
What great idea have you heard from a kid?
4 years ago