Nothing fancy. Scrambled eggs on a day when Daddy won’t be home for dinner. My husband doesn’t eat eggs, and neither does my oldest son. The three little ones love them, in any way, shape or form. I wasn’t sure what I would feed the oldest. I figured when I served the others, I could go digging for leftovers. But he came along when I called them to the table, and he pouted when all I could find was some cold mac & cheese.
“Fine, I guess I’ll try eggs.”
What? What did I just hear? “Are you sure?” I asked.
He nodded, and I lovingly spoonfed him a portion (shoved a forkful in his mouth) before he could change his mind. This one has gained lifelong notoriety for his unwillingness to even try things he’s decided he won’t like.
“So, do you like them?” All four of us waited for his response. He started to shake his head “no,” but then nodded and suppressed a smile. Sometimes it’s just hard to admit you’ve been wrong for, oh, TEN YEARS. My second son actually did a “Yes!” fist pump (he eats anything and can’t understand the more selective palates of his siblings . . . and his father).
Parents of picky eaters understand why this is such a significant victory for us. We don’t have many peaceful dinners because SOMEone is always griping, refusing, glaring, sobbing, or yelling. And it’s not always the same person. And quite often it’s me, having been pushed to the brink by all the griping, refusing, glaring, sobbing, or yelling. And don’t forget the shoving away of the plate. If you really want to get me going, just try shoving your plate away. And why not knock your milk over while you’re at it because I just LOOOOVE that! But I digress. The point is, we have very few go-to meals that are agreeable to everyone. So it’s difficult for me to suppress my elation over the fact that I’ve found one more, albeit a simple one, and one that we still can’t have when Daddy is home.
If you face a similar issue, you might find some enjoyment in reading Suburban Bliss’ “Did They Eat It” feature. I am supremely jealous of the patience (and photography skills) demonstrated here in documenting the step by step recipes and family reactions. Good stuff.