The Four-Year-Old, face crumpled from the jalapeno her father has just encouraged her to try: “Daddyo, I’m not happy.”
Daddyo: “Drink some milk.”
The Four-Year-Old does, face uncrumpling as she slurps.
Daddyo: “Now, drink some water and swish it around your mouth a bit before you swallow.”
The Four-Year-Old does.
Daddyo: “Now eat a carrot.”
The Four-Year-Old, laughing: “You’re making this up.”
(Image of the jalapenos painted by Rachel Pasch / justmakeit, whose Flickr photostream is far more reflective than I had expected. I hope you start painting again soon, Rachel.)