Why do we say these things? I mean using food and cannibalistic metaphors to describe the way we feel when we see babies and little children? I say things like that headline often and of course, I don’t mean it literally!
I mean look at those cheeks!
Children and babies in particular evoke quite strong emotions in us, and most of the time we lack the appropriate and proper vocabulary when a spontaneous outburst is evoked upon a strong visceral reaction. Yeah, we just blurt out the first thing that comes to mind, usually involving food and pleasure.
I just hope my “great-grands” will not think I will really eat them! There’s enough scary things out there in the big world of grown-ups!