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A baby sits strapped into the white high chair, squealing and wailing every few seconds. With each swing, the baby is able to knock the spoon filled with a brownish-yellow substance out of her father’s hand. Across the kitchen, I sit rocking back and forth, laughing. The so-called “food” is everywhere, the counter, the high chair, the father, the baby, and the floor. The father sits back exhausted and frustrated and the look on his face indicates he is running out of tricks, not to mention food. A few seconds go by and the father straightens up as a slight grin pierces his gloomy face. A smile as wide as the moon overtakes my face as well; the entertainment is about to resume. The father opens his mouth; uncontrollably mine opens too. “Open wide,” says the father. “Here comes the airplane.” The baby opens her mouth!


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The moon-sized smile covering my face vanished as quick as nighttime and I became the frustrated one. The father had just used a common saying which makes no sense at all. Who in their right mind would want to shove an airplane in a little baby’s mouth? That’s torture. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.” Clearly, this must be true, because if this man had the slightest clue how unintelligent this airplane analogy makes him sound, he more than likely would have given it second thought. English logician and philosopher, Bertrand Russell believes and once said, “The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.” We often depend heavily on many popular quotes which make no sense and defy the

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