Let’s talk about vegetables. Do you want to talk about vegetables?
Yeah, let’s talk about vegetables. You know, those vitamin-packed morsels that send children screeching in horror just at the sight. They may look innocent, some even quite delicious under certain preparations, but to a kid they are evil. Especially those with leafy tops, they’re just sinister. I mean, do your kids eat vegetables? Willingly? Because mine don’t. Mine would rather ingest cardboard.
“What are these?”, Jedi wondered, poking at the pods as if he expected them to scurry across the table while his nose scrunched.
“It’s sugar snap peas. You’ve had them before, you like them.”, I may have lied.
He didn’t like them.
You can’t blame me for trying to include a healthy option with our meal when possible. It makes me feel better for all the nights we have pizza. Doing so, however, opens the dinner discussion to bargaining and serious contract negotiations.
“I’ll tell you what, just eat 5 peas and you can be done”, I compromised.
“But that’s too many”, he whined.
Exhausted already, I reasoned, “Fine, eat 3 without any more complaint or it goes back up to 5”. It takes 30 minutes, they’re cold and he’s the only one left at the table, but he finally swallows each, like glass going down. “I think I’m going to be sick”, he states dramatically afterward.
So we can talk about vegetables. I would love to talk about vegetables. What are your favorite kinds of vegetables? You know what my favorite kind are? Any kind my kids will eat without acting like it’s torture.