8YO: We are NOT drinking this orange juice. It contains bacteria that's harmful to children.
Yesterday I had bought a quart of orange juice from Russo's, fresh-squeezed and unpasteurized. On the bottle was a warning label about the risks associated with the lack of pasteurization for young children as well as the elderly and immune-compromised. The 8YO had read the label, processed it, and reached what can only be praised as a logical conclusion. I was proud of his thought process but I also felt it necessary to defend my choice, to prove that I wasn't trying to poison anyone.
I explained that most orange juice at the store is cooked to a high temperature to kill any bad bacteria before you buy it. But this particular orange juice was just squeezed yesterday like we would do if we were making it ourselves. We don't need to pasteurize really fresh juice if we use clean hands and keep it in the fridge.
He was still skeptical, you could see it in his face. It was Mom's word against an oversized, official-looking label. Could I be trusted?
I poured us each a glass. He stared at his suspiciously. I brought the glass to my lips. He watched me intently. It reminded me of the scene in The Princess Bride when Vizzini and the Man in Black engage in a battle of wits over whose goblet has been poisoned. The 8YO did eventually take a sip, but only after I tasted mine first and didn't immediately keel over.
Him: I don't like it.
Me: Why not? I strained out all the pulp.
Him: I just don't.
Me: Are you sure? This is some of the best orange juice I've ever had.
Him: Well, you're a girl.
He's got me there. I am a girl. And, as everyone knows, we girls love our juice teeming with harmful bacteria.