I loved reading all your comments about talking to strangers, and your views on the notion of "stranger danger" taught to many children.
I remember going to the mall with my mom and my great grandma when I was about five years old, and going through a "stranger danger" obstacle course set up by the police department in the middle of the mall - you know, big police men scaring the pee out of little pip squeaks like me in an effort to make us street smart.
Well, halfway through the course (which in my mind now seems like a giant Candy Land game), there was a police man without a uniform who asked me if I wanted a sucker. I said sure, only to find out that I was the sucker. He gave me a big talking-to about not accepting candy from strangers, blah, blah, blah. But I knew he was a cop and that I was in a safe place and that the candy was OK. Yet I still felt horrible, like I had failed.
I was duped by an artificial situation, set up by people I should have been able to trust, arranged to trick children in an attempt to educate them. Hmmm. Sounds like a standardized test.
Maybe I'm just feeling ornery (and a little anxious) right now about the way our society approaches the education of our children, which means it's probably not a good time for me to write a post about education. It would be a rant, far from inspirational. (Speaking of inspirational, if you haven't read Stefani's posts about homeschooling, especially this one, then please do).
Instead, I'll share a little recipe that we've been eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner - Zucchini Egg Foo Yung. We've got plenty of eggs and all of my friends and neighbors are keeping my fridge full of zucchini, even if my own zucchini plants are just about ready to be yanked and replaced with a cooler crop.
Zucchini Egg Foo Yung
1 medium sized zucchini, grated
2 tablespoons onion, grated
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons flour (we use rice flour to keep these GF)
salt and pepper
Stir all ingredients together. Ladle onto a hot, greased skillet, one large spoonful at a time. Cook over medium heat, a few minutes on each side, or until egg is cooked. Serve warm.
These would be great topped with a little salsa or creme fraiche, or perhaps a gravy made of chicken broth, soy sauce and corn starch. We generally eat them plain, though. So good and easy, and extremely local.
In parting, let me just tell you a little something I tell my kids all the time, and one of the few things I believe for sure - There are more good people in the world than bad.
Go forth good people, and mingle with strangers. Perhaps you can even invite them over for some Zucchini Egg Foo Yung.