It was a couple of years ago that Zippy discovered he likes the Filet o’ Fish sandwich at McDonalds. He tried a bite of it one day when I ordered it for myself — it’s my favorite at McDs. He decided then that he liked it, and it’s been his favorite since then, too.
He since then has tried fish sandwiches at several other restaurants — some of which he liked; others he really didn’t. But fish sandwiches have remained a favorite.
Also, from time to time, I cook fish filets or fish sticks for an easy dinner. He loves those, too, and sometimes requests them.
This past week I got some fish filets to cook for dinner. The boys had theirs on a hamburger bun, making it a homemade Filet o’ Fish. We got in a deep family discussion about the difference in calling a sandwich a fish filet vs. a Filet o’ Fish. It was a little bit of an emotional conversation for Zippy as he seemed to take it personally and wanted to call all fish sandwiches a Filet 0′ Fish, but others at the table were insisting that that was a trademarked name and that other fish sandwiches shouldn’t be called by that name.
When Paul tried to explain the situation a little more clearly by starting at the very beginning … like as far back as a fish in the pond … Zippy was in for quite a surprise.
“Fish!!?? I’m eating fish??!!” he exclaimed with his mouth full of his fish sandwich. “This is a real fish??”
We all had quite a laugh at his expense as the reality sunk in of all the fish he had unknowingly consumed the last couple of years.
“Yes, you’re eating a real fish. And all those other fish sandwiches were real fish, too!” We had a good time explaining.
Zippy was imediately done with his dinner. We’re still not sure if he’ll ever order another Filet o’ Fish or fish filet again!