Monday, March 28, 2011


Eating with kids is funny. Both of my boys are pretty good eaters. Cheeky Monkey will try pretty much anything you put in front of him, although he did spit the orange fruit Cheerios onto my pants during church on Sunday (but not the purple or white). Gummy Bear is a bit more selective. I've seen other 4-year-olds eat, though, so I can't complain too much.

Recently, Gummy Bear has taken to gagging on food he has decided that he doesn't like, even when it's food he ate previously (think roasted potatoes, zucchini and mashed potatoes). I think we're pulling out of the gagging phase though. He's realized that it doesn't garner much sympathy from me.

Do you remember that as a kid? I distinctly remember the sensation of gagging on something my folks made me try. Looking back, I realize that it was as much mental as sensory. Still, there is one food that to this day can activate my gag reflex with one sniff: cooked spinach. I remember my Mom putting a big bowl of cooked spinach in the microwave and eating it like a rare delicacy. To her credit, I only had to try it a few times. I'm pretty sure my Dad feels the same way about Lima beans. Green beans are my sister's arch-nemesis.

How about you? What makes you gag?


Cathy said...

My mom used to make acorn squash (baked in the oven w/ brown sugar) and, while Dad and Ry loved the stuff, the smell would send me running to my room, where I would refuse to come out until said squash was completely consumed and out of sight (and smell). I have since allowed other members of the squash family into my life but the acorn variety is still banned

Becky said...

I remember gagging on greenbeans once and Mom saying, "Stop that right now!" I wasn't being a brat, I really couldn't control it. I didn't know what to do!

Mom said...

Liver of any type.

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