In which R commits a sophistry

Mar 29th, 2024

In which R commits a sophistry

Yesterday I bought R a large Thorntons’ Easter Egg, complete with an inset box of chocolates. He greatly admired it and I reminded him that it wasn’t to be opened “until Easter”.

This morning, I noticed that the box was open and all the chocolates had gone. R claims he had obeyed my instructions because a) Good Friday is Easter b) he hadn’t opened the egg because all he had done was eaten the chocolates without breaching the egg itself c) Easter is all rubbish anyway because the Christian Church made it all up to tie in with pre-existing pagan festivals.

To these points a) no it isn’t – the day of celebration in the Easter festival is the Sunday b) when you are given a present, clearly opening the box constitutes opening the present, regardless of whether you then unwrap and use any of its internal components c) possibly true but completely irrelevant.

The worst thing about it is that he didn’t offer me a chocolate at all. When I asked him why he told me that it was because he knew I would be annoyed that he had opened it too soon.

Anyway, there is no sign of my egg yet – I just better be getting it on Easter (Sunday) morning.