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Friday, August 29, 2008

There's No Accounting for Some People's Tastes

On the way out of preschool yesterday:

Son: Mama, I have to brush my teeth very very very VERY well tonight. [pause] Because I had candy today.

Me: Candy? Really? That was a treat! What kind of candy?

Son: [bouncing a little with excitement] Oh, I will tell you. Listen. It's going to sound soooo good. Well, it was gummy worms and Oreo cookies.

Me: [trying hard to control the grimace in my voice at this strange combination] That does sound good.

Son: ...And we took the Oreos and we crushed them up [making crushing motions with his hands], and we put them in a cup for the dirt, and then we put in the worms, and we could put them wherever we wanted, so there were worms in the dirt.

Me: [completely speechless at this taste concoction, unaware that it would only get worse]

Son: Oh, and we also put pudding in the cup first. For mud. But I couldn't find my green worm after that. I don't know where it went.

At this point, the thought of Oreos crumbled up over mud pudding, with gummy worms stirred into it to the point of oblivion was so gross as to be comical. And, really, there was nothing I could possibly say along the lines of "yummmm" that would be truthful. So I said nothing at all.

Sometime after dinner, it occurred to me to say to him, "You don't normally like pudding. Did you eat the pudding?"

Son: Yes.

Me: Did it taste good? Did you like it?

Son: Well, we were supposed to eat it. So I ate it.

Me: But did you like it?

Son: Nooo. It wasn't very good.

And here is where I am completely stunned: the child will not eat cut up or overly cooked vegetables, no matter what the teachers say about their expectations, but he will choke down stickly sweet pudding, which he has never liked in the slightest, because he is "supposed to eat it." Isn't it fascinating that deep in the recesses of his child's self, he sees that there is somehow supposed to be an appeal to the sugary treat, whereas the expectation is that peas-n-carrots are a chore? The perceptiveness of children will never cease to amaze me.


BusyDad said...

It is indeed funny. "well, it's sweet and there are oreos in it. On principle I MUST love it." Maybe mash some oreos into his spinach next time. You never know...

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Peer pressure. I'll bet he ate it because other kids were. Oh, and also because it involved chocolate. Maybe some chocolate syrup on those peas?

justjuli said...

It's funny how when a parent suggests something - the answer is "no"

But when a new or different adult and/or peers suggest that something might be good - then a child might just try it out.

Sorry I don't have any real suggestions on getting the boy to eat his peas.

Suz Broughton said...

Well, it wasn't his MOM who was telling him he had to eat it so,,,there's the difference.

lattemommy said...

One of my greatest hopes when the Princess started preschool was that peer pressure or the influence of her teachers would get her to try things she would never try at home. Nope, didn't work (nothing does). Her teachers marvel that she's the only kid in the class who won't eat the popcorn on party day or try the candies that they give out as treats sometimes.

If she won't eat the candy, what hope do I have with the vegetables??????

Aimeepalooza said...

I want to make a good comment here but I'm feeling sick to my stomach. Ewwww.

LceeL said...

Enjoy it. Talk to him while he is still willing to communicate. The 'one word answers' and grunted responses are not far off.

Zoeyjane said...

Um, worms in dirt are actually REALLY good. Instead of pudding, he'd probably like it as an ice cream cake!

Insta-mom said...

I am so glad I don't have the only preschooler on the planet who doesn't like pudding. I mean seriously...what 4-year-old doesn't like pudding?

I feel much less like I'm raising a mutant. Thank you.

Lynnie said...

We actually made this exact thing only HUGE as a birthday cake for my gardener husband. I even stuck a fake plant in it. It was awful! I thought Oreos and pudding sounded lovely, but it was so bad it stayed in the fridge forever and had to be thrown out, pot and all!

Have you ever tried that "Deceitfully Delicious" cookbook? It's basically just about throwing pureed stuff into all your kids food. We love the recipe for mac and cheese with pureed cauliflower.

Caffeine Court said...

I have a sweet tooth so I'd probably like it...but it cracks me up that they serve that stuff to kids at school!

No wonder my daughter gained weight last year! :)

Simply Shannon said...

We make "Dirt cups" with my preschool class every summer. They LOVE it. It's actually pretty good...unbelievably rich, but tasty.

MommyTime said...

I love that Shannon is defending this treat! Thank you. Seriously. And I might be willing to try pudding + oreos -- but add the worms, and I just back away slowly...

It is funny, though, that the sugar has him trying it.

CBW, I think I will take your advice and offer chocolate syrup on the peas next time. It's a genius idea.

Mrs F with 4 said...

Number 1 Son won't eat anything remotely sweet. Or processed. Gosh, how SMUG did I feel? Until along came Number 2 Son, who lived on pureed bananas for the first three years of his life... and then Number 1 Girl who can sniff out chocolate at 100 paces... but fortunately likes vegetables just as much. Even brussel sprouts aka The Devil's Cabbage.

They'll pretty much each anything (healthy) now. I cured number 2 of his food phobia by taking him to the market where the (previously primed) greengrocer let him pick a different fruit or veg to try each week.

Wonder if it will work on Mr F?!

IRISHKAT said...

Hee hee. The things kids will do. My boys would have eaten that without a second thought :)


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