Some kids are picky eaters and some of them come up with creative ways to get rid of foods they have an aversion to.
When I was care giver for two of my grandkids, I tried to stay a step ahead of them, but it wasn’t always easy. George usually came over to help out with mealtime. One day when Grasshopper was four years old, Gramps wouldn’t let him have one of Mommy’s homemade cookies until he cleaned his plate.
Gramps wasn’t paying attention that day, and soon enough, Grasshopper’s plate was empty, so he got a cookie.
As it turned out, Grasshopper pulled a fast one on Gramps that time. When I cleared the table, I discovered a surprise in his cup: the rest of Grasshopper’s chicken and probably all the kidney beans, too. Not his favorite!
Here are some other funny food memories some friends shared with me:
“My brother used to hide peas in his milk. They stuck out like a sore thumb in the clear glass.”
Anthony remembers this from when he was four years old: “I used to store my mushy cereal inside my cheeks, hamster style; then slow-walk to our half basement and bury the gooey stash in the gravelly soil. I hated the texture of mushy cereal. Still do.”
“My little sister hid her deviled egg sandwich in the center, lidded bowl in the Lazy Susan. After a few days the smell was dreadful. Mom never figured out where the smell had come from until we moved six months later and she found that petrified sandwich when packing up the Lazy Susan.”
Thanks for the chuckles, Paul, Anthony, and Melissa. I got a big kick out of your stories.
What are your thoughts? Do you have a similar picky-eater story to share? Do you have a food you have an aversion to?
I’d love to hear from you!
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