CHILD: Mommy, are we meat?
MOTHER: What did you say?
CHILD: I said, are we meat?
MOTHER: Did you just ask if we were meat?
MOTHER: Do you mean, meat, like, for eating?
MOTHER: Why would you ask that?
CHILD: Well, lions and tigers eat people sometimes, right?
MOTHER: Well, lions and tigers don't usually eat people. They usually eat zebras or antelopes or something.
CHILD: But they also eat people sometimes.
MOTHER: Well, yes, sometimes.
CHILD: So, are we meat?
MOTHER: Well, if you want to put it that way, yes. We're meat.
CHILD: So what is meat made of, exactly?
MOTHER: Meat is muscles. You know, those things that are attached to your bones, under your skin, that make your body move? Muscles? Well, animals have muscles too. And that's what people eat when they eat meat. It's animal muscles.
MOTHER: (VO, internal monologue) Please don't let him swear off chicken nuggets please don't let him swear off chicken nuggets God I know I'm a vegetarian but this kid is so damned picky if he swears off chicken nuggets I have no idea what I will feed him at restaurants PLEASE DON'T BE A HIPPIE LIKE MOM TODAY, OKAY, KID?!?!
CHILD: Animals have muscles? COOL!