In One Crazy Summer, what are air sandwiches?

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Cecil is not a caring mother when she meets the girls. She doesn't seem to have much of a knack for parenting, and she has a lot of strict rules. One of these rules is that the girls aren't allowed to go into the kitchen, not for anything. She even...

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Cecil is not a caring mother when she meets the girls. She doesn't seem to have much of a knack for parenting, and she has a lot of strict rules. One of these rules is that the girls aren't allowed to go into the kitchen, not for anything. She even has to be challenged for a night time glass of water. One of the ways that Cecil isn't very motherly is that she doesn't use the kitchen either, at least not for cooking. Early in their visit, the girls tell Cecil that they're hungry, and she responds by giving them "air sandwiches"—that is, by not giving them food at all. She does eventually relent, though, and they get Chinese take-out.

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