Should you be considering an Ethiopian adoption, the child you end up with may carry a predisposition for ice.
Granted, we don't know if this cultural, genetic, or just novelty (Neti and Meke report not having ice in Ethiopia). What we do know is that ice is to Neti and Meke as ice cream is to most other kids. A bowl of ice would more than suffice for dessert. We're asked for ice on almost a daily basis. "No water, Daddy. Just ice!"
Sounds silly, but it's not. Neti takes ice especially seriously. Tonight after yet another round of tears concerning ice, we found ourselves doing something that's becoming increasingly familiar - we made yet another rule concerning ice-usage:
"Any and all ice consumed before bedtime must have ample time to melt before tooth brushing commences." In kid language: "No ice right before bed."
This is, of course, in addition to the other ice rules (no ice without cups, no more than three cubes per glass, no ice in the basement, no getting ice without permission, always sit when eating ice, one piece of ice in your mouth at a time, don't bite the ice, etc.).
If any of you have been there, I'd be interested in a comprehensive list of ice rules. Have we left anything off?