What? You've never seen an elderly, one-eyed pug and a Basset hound pull a dog sled? It could happen.
And then, when our electric power went out for a while, I demonstrated how to heat up canned chili on our wood stove. You'd think this would have impressed my children, but no. Their fear of my cooking knows no bounds. It scares them when I spread peanut butter on crackers. So they were more than a little worried about how they were going to endure the next few meals (or lack thereof). When the power finally came back on, 14-year-old FashionBug saw the blinking digital clock on the microwave and cried out in great relief, "YES! We're going to live!"
Ah. Another teachable moment: Appropriate apologies to yell through the window when your mother locks you out of the house.