Wikipedia says that conglomerate is a production crew and musical group, a hip hop record label, a jazz quartet and a superhero team in the DC Comics universe. It also talks about geology and a rock that combines different elements to make a whole but I didn’t quite understand it.
Conglomerate is also a soup. You won’t find it in Wikipedia or indeed in Webster’s dictionary. In a fit of desperation my husband invented the term.
It’s funny but when your children are babies they will eagerly suck down anything you feed them. You mash a bit of broccoli and pumpkin and they can’t seem to get enough of it. The moment they’re old enough to name the vegetables, it’s suddenly ‘broccoli – euw!’ ‘Pumpkin – ick!’ That last is accompanied by a gagging sound. And telling your children that it’s good for them is a recipe for disaster.
‘That looks like vegetable soup’, says, one son.
‘Yeah, says little Sir Echo’, his brother.
‘No, said my husband it’s conglomerate soup’.
‘What’s conglomerate soup’, then? The eldest is calling his bluff.
You’d be surprised, says my wily husband. Lots of stuff that’s bad for you.’
Our boys love vegetables these days. In fact, one has been a card carrying vegetarian for almost a decade. And I’m happy to say that they’ve carried on in the tradition of Conglomerate Soup with their children. If you’re really desperate I’ll give you the recipe.