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Childish Things

One of the sadder lessons of fatherhood is to discover that some of the things you loved as a kid really don’t hold up that well. For example, some movies you thought were awesome, are kind of lame through grown-up (or at least more grown-up) eyes. I dread rewatching Bugsy Malone (even though it’s impossible to find on American format DVD) for fear of discovering I don’t like it anymore. 

Well, another terrible lesson: Spaghetti-Os smell like death. My daughter loves them. We put them in a thermos for her to eat at lunch (somehow my progeny doesn’t like sandwiches!). The problem is they just look and smell nasty to me now. When I was a kid, I thought they were oval-awesomeness. Now, they seem barely fit to serve at Gitmo.


Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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