Will’s food rating system

We had lovely family dinner at Gratzi last night; it had been a long time since we had gone out to dinner, so we decided to go to someplace nice. A good meal was had by one and all.

Will’s dish of choice at Gratzi is penne pasta with an alfredo sauce (or is that alfrado sauce? I’ve seen both spellings), and he thought it was great. “How would you rate that on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best thing ever?â€? Annette asked.

“I’d say… 9 and four-fifths,â€? Will said. And he then proceeded to give ratings to several other foods. Here’s a selection:

Asparagus: 0

Regular Milk: 2

Licorice flavored jelly beans: 2

Broccoli with ranch dressing: 4

Hot dog with bun: 5

Strawberries: 6

Chocolate milk: 7

Hot dog without bun: 7.5

Gratzi pasta: 9.5 (or 9 and four-fifths, though this morning, he said that was a 10 too)

Vanilla-flavored milk: 10

Most kinds of candy: 10

Paraphrase of a conversation I had with Will today

This morning, I made some “no bake” chocolate/peanut butter/oatmeal cookies in honor of Mother’s Day (they were Annette’s request). Here’s my memory of a conversation about these cookies:

Will: Wow, Daddy, these are great!

Me: Thank you, Will.

Will: Yeah, these are so good!

Me: I’m glad you like them.

Will: Yeah, these are so good, they taste like they came from a box! That’s how good they are!

Me: Ahhh….

I guess a few lessons about “home cooking” are in order.