so one time when I was working at this summer camp at a country club, right, we had like fifty kids in for a special event and we were supposed to feed them pizza and smores for dessert.
Only then right as I was handing them out fixings for smores, my boss’s boss (a very health-conscious woman) came into the room, blanched at the bag in my hands, and instructed me not to give the kids any marshmallows. Because the marshmallows were SO TERRIBLE for them.
I convinced her to let me give them the graham crackers and chocolate, but then I was left with fifty kids who wanted smores and had SEEN THE BAG OF MARSHMALLOWS IN MY HANDS.
and every single kid wanted a marshmallow to go in their smores (obviously.)
and I knew I couldn’t very well tell them “I’m not allowed to give them to you”, and I couldn’t very well tell them “they’re not healthy for you”, and I couldn’t very well tell them “my boss’s boss is being very silly”, because kids are not dumb. they would have asked me why I wasn’t allowed, or why we were feeding them smores in the first place, and obviously I couldn’t tell them that my boss’s boss was being silly.
so instead I just kept a very straight face. and told every single child there that I was sorry they couldn’t have any marshmallows, but there had been “a marshmallow-related emergency”.
and not a single child questioned me. they ate their graham crackers and chocolate in peace. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY.