Two weeks in and I delivered my first children’s mini workshop where Ida (age 3) made a spin pizza. I showed her how to add the tomato sauce first, and then the cheese, and when I asked her what topping she would like on the one she made herself, she said “purple”.
I don’t work with children and have never given children’s workshops before but I learned something immediately. To a child’s logic, there is nothing irrational about requesting a pizza topping by colour.
I have had several adults in that have asked for vegetarian or vegan pizza because they are vegetarian or vegan, but I have pointed out to each of them, it’s not real, they’re not going to eat it so they might as well have a meat feast. Or a rainbow feast.
I was born in 1964 and I remember watching television pictures of men landing on the moon for the first time. However, that is not the most striking thing about how I remember that day. To a five year old, there was nothing strange about men on the moon, I thought “The Clangers” was a documentary series. This was in the days before 24-hour tv, on-demand video and box-sets; the strangest thing I remember about that day was that the tv was on in the morning. Crazy.
I didn’t have any purple paint in a squirty bottle so we settled on adding pepperoni. I don’t know at what age pizza-topping conditioning kicks in but it’s not at three years.