One of our many jobs as parents is to pass on to our kids some of the wisdom we’ve accumulated in our travels over the years. Often times we do this through sayings or phrases we’ve picked up along the way, some more known than others. There is of course the classics like “two wrongs don’t make a right” or less familiar family sayings like “he didn’t lick it off the grass” (for more on this one click here). Sometimes we’ll pull from the movies and do our best Star Wars’ Yoda, “Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try” leaving our kids walking away more confused than when they started.
As I was watching Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations the other night, he was enjoying a meal in Austria and alluded to how you just “don’t cook bacon when you’re naked.” He was being quite literal, but it got me to thinking about how that phrase actually has a lot of wisdom wrapped up in it. I won’t spoil it for you and give you all the deep interpretations, but be sure the next time the Little Man comes to me with some vexing question, I’ll pause, put my hand to my chin and rock his world with “You just don’t cook bacon naked.”