On creativity’s dark side

Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be creative. My mother raised me to ask “what if” and “why not”; this has led me to many successes in life. My need for creativity also contributed to my decision to major in theology, and now I am here, paid-volunteering in Syracuse.

But if you let your children grow up to be creative, they will not be content to put cold salsa on their warm eggs (free range; they are all too capable of imagining life in a tiny cage), making the eggs cold. They will think, “what if I cook the salsa with the eggs?” They will think, “why not?”

The delicious concoction they envision, however, will never materialize. They will stir the two together and instantly realize that the resulting watery soup is never going to become a pleasing fluffy snack. They will turn the heat up to try and evaporate the water, necessitating constant stirring lest the denser bottom egg layer settle and burn.

They will eventually obtain a puddle of orange, the texture of lumpy pudding, containing bits of white and icebergs of tomato chunks.

And they will eat this abominable mass, because they are poor, because they majored in theology.

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  1. Jacqueline in Atlanta

     /  October 16, 2012

    It took poor, miserable, creative Edison 10,000 failures to invent the lightbulb.

    Next time, instead of watery salsa, incorporate the flavors of salsa: jalapenos, tomatoes, etc., into thine eggs. Perhaps that will accomplish your flavor goals without the orange goo fallout.

    Or stick to Pop-Tarts.


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