Mom - G, there are strange men in the ravine.
G - Not where we were!
Mom - If you don't believe me, we can go down and watch them and you will never want to go down there again.
Me - (trying to hide a smile)
Mom - I'm telling you, there are strange men there. And they like little boys.
G - (looking perplexed, distracted by his quest for more chicken)
Me - (still trying not to smile)
C, across the room - Do they want to kidnap him?
Mom - I don't know if they want to kidnap him, but they want to do SOMETHING to him... (she KNOWS I'm cracking up)
C - They want to take him home and cook him and fry him for dinner!!
Me - (bursts of laughter)
Mom - (silently eating her chicken, totally non-plussed)
Today, C and I went into the ravine. We didn't see any strange men, and he seemed to have entirely forgotten the matter. Which I suppose is for the best.