Staging One: No Child is in the Kiddie Seat:
Stage a Tableau of Color and Texture
Mix red and green baby lettuces, white daikon (who cares that you don’t know what to do with it; it’s a nice color contrast.) Mix in a few jars of baby octopus. So what if the jars have been on the top shelf since 2004; people will be intrigued by your allure.
Surround an upturned loaf of white Wonder Bread with jars of fig jam, assorted almonds and quince. Shabby chic!
Staging Two: A Child is in the Kiddie Seat:
Stage the Child
Give him carrot sticks and have him nibble them passionately. No one needs to know that you promised him, if he was good, a big fat bag of M & M’s when you got back in your car.
Get on line in back of a cart where another child is having a tantrum. Teach your child to smile and coo at other customers who are screwing up their noses in disgust at the crying child.
When you get out to the parking lot, get the hell out of there, fast, before the other mother comes out. Throw your kid his M & M’s and head to McDonald’s just like you promised.