Hello everyone. I’m a couple days late with this post. It was interesting when I began writing, I was going to relate my visit with my son. He came home on post deployment leave last week. He saw me preparing a guacamole dip and teased me. That changed the direction of my thoughts to my taste in food. Yes, a roundabout way to do it, but sometimes, that’s the way my mind works. Strangely, eh?
Anyways, I was thrown back to when I was around ten years old. My mother used to make salads by tossing together lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and mayo around in a bowl and serving it up. I liked it and always grabbed up a bunch on my dinner plate. But then, one night, she got sneaky. As I took my first bite, I tasted fish. Fish? I, as any normal child would do, spit it out and looked. Small shrimp. My mother had snuck shrimp into our salad! Oh, the betrayal! I was very upset with her. She later apologized and said she forgot she put them in there. Right, huh? But, I believed her. I was only a child. A few weeks later, I happily took a mouthful of my other favorite dish, Swiss steak. Being a child, I did what any normal child would do when confronted with not a flavorful steak in their mouth…but liver, I gagged, spit it out and ran to the bathroom to dispose of everything in my stomach. (I was convinced it had contaminated my organs!)
And so began the distrust of my mother’s dishes. I would carefully inspect before eating anything that wasn’t obvious to me. As I got older, I swore I would never do the same thing to my children. When I wanted to
present a new food into their diet, I would tell them my rule. “Three bites is all that is required.” I felt this was sufficient to give them the opportunity to even like the new food item. Most times, it didn’t work. But, sometimes it did. As a mom, everyone knows we cheer the times it did.
I read an article a few years ago which said that our taste buds change every few years. I shared this with my kids in hopes they would be willing to try new foods from time to time. By the way, one of my favorite fish
is shrimp. But, I still don’t like liver.
If you have a quirky way of trying to get your family to try new things, I’d love to hear about it.