Despite the rather gruesome title, this is a delightful little
story of a young girl with an inquisitive mind. One day she
was watching her mother make dinner. The main course
was going to be baked fish. She observed her mother
unwrap the fish and promptly cut off the head and tail before
placing the balance of the fish in the baking pan. Inquisitive,
as many young children are, she asked her mother why she
had done so.
Her mother thought for a while before saying, “I've always
done it that way - that's how grandma baked fish.”
The answer bothered the girl, but she did not explore further
until the next time she was at her grandma’s house.
“Do you cut the head and tail off a fish before baking it?” she
“Yes,” said her grandmother.
“I’m really not sure,” grandma said after a few moments of
thought. “I guess because that is the way my mother baked
This answer obviously did not satisfy the girl’s curiosity. On
the next visit to her great-grandmother’s house, she could
not wait to get pose the question.
When she finally talked to the great-grandmother she got the
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