I chuckled. "Hmm," I mused, "What IS Grimace anyway? I think he's supposed to be a milkshake or something."
"You mean he's supposed to be something?" Charlie asked.
"Well, yeah, I know he's supposed to be something but I forget what."
"Maybe all of the McDonald's characters are supposed to be something," Charlie said thoughtfully. "Maybe they're representations of parts of our society. Like Hamburglar -- he's a convict, so you've covered the inmate population. And -- he's all black and white!"
"So, that would represent -- what? That there are different races in prison?" I asked.
"No, no! It's black -- and white! It represents the truly dichotomous nature of society's duality in power structures and socioeconomic paradigms concerning the bourgeoisie, the haves and have-nots, the limitations of draconian struggles for ethnic diversity and equality!" he replied.
I stared at him for a minute, put out my cigarette, and went back inside. Just inside the door, I paused for a moment, considering.
After a bit of thought, I went back to the door, opened it back up, stuck my head out, and yelled, "No more Sociology for you, young man!"
I then went back to work, to Google for "What is Grimace", where I discovered other important aspects of the nature of Grimace, such as, "Grimace is not a lump of purple jelly" and "Grimace is not a butt."
I'm sure my 6-year-old nephew will be disappointed to hear the latter.