The Ideal vs. the Real: Our Kitchen as Plato’s Cave

The image that was on the side of the gingerbread house kit box wasn’t exactly what my three and six year old ended up making:

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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6 Responses to The Ideal vs. the Real: Our Kitchen as Plato’s Cave

  1. TomH says:

    We have one of those gingerbread houses, too. Merry Christmas.

  2. santitafarella says:


    I hope yours came out better than ours!


    • TomH says:

      My twenty-something daughter, who made it for her piano students a while back, is very detail-oriented. I doubt that she had as much fun doing it as you all did! I bet your kids will remember that gingerbread house for the rest of their lives.


  3. helen says:

    We used to make gingerbread houses when the kids were young. We got better as they got older, but the first ones, like yours, are precious to remember. Enjoy!

    Would appreciate an email on another subject. Thank you.

  4. ice gal says:

    Looks like they had great fun making it.

  5. santitafarella says:

    Helen and Ice Gal:

    It was a lot of fun, but icing doesn’t make a great cement—it definitely wouldn’t pass earthquake building codes in California.


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