Slime and Punishment

While driving in the car we heard a man had been sentenced to 27 years in jail.

My youngest asked, “How do they calculate how long you stay in jail?”

“Proportion!” I thought, and I think I said, before a slightly longer explanation ending with something like ‘the worse the crime, the longer the time’.

Then I tried something more personal.

“For example” I said, “if you were to deliberately put slime in the carpet it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to send you to jail, although you probably should get some punishment”

She replied, “Yeah.. and slime comes out of carpet easily anyway… except butter slime”

“So butter slime would deserve a bigger punishment than normal slime?”

“I guess”