"Ahhemm...could I have everyone's attention?"
"Do I really have to tell them, Mom?"
"Ok, listen up, everyone....
it looks like we are going to have a critical hay shortage around here this year.
We are all going to have to do our part and eat just a little less hay.
It's time to tighten our belts a little bit."
"What about all that hay in the field?"
(Sadly, that hay has been hit by too much rain and is not salvageable.
Jim and I have worked Tin Lizzy like crazy,
trying to dry the hay....to no avail.)
"Less hay!! We might all starve!"
"Now, don't worry, kids...
there will still be enough for all of us.
But we can't be wasting any of it...
and we could all stand to lose just a little weight!"
"Speak for yourself, Moonbeam!"
"If I get too hungry, I'll just take a bite out of Daphne!"