Friday, November 23, 2012
Yesterday we had a lovely meal...the turkey, dressing, potatoes and gravy were prepared from scratch by my son-in-law. He grows a lot of their own produce and herbs in their back yard, and he is a phenomenal cook! The rest of us carried side dishes...my mother made her pumpkin pies and cinnamon apples; my sister made her apple pie. I brought fruit and veggies for roasting and for raw consumption. A good mix of healthy and not so healthy fare!
One of my granddaughters was feeling a little bit under the weather.On Wednesday she had lost her dinner and everyone was wondering if she would eat anything on Thanksgiving Day. Although this second grader usually is hungry 24/7, she announced that she didn't really feel like eating "turkey and all that stuff." My daughter said that was fine...and asked if there was anything on the table that she would like a little taste of. She looked around and said that she would take a little asparagus and a few Brussels spouts, and that was all. True story!!
This is the child who was leaning out of her high chair at 12 months and snagging my mother's vegetables off her dinner plate. This is the child who answered the first grade teacher's question of "What is your favorite food, class?" with the response "creamed spinach." The moral of the story... if parents start their kids off early in life with a love of fresh vegetables, it might just pay off. It has for my two granddaughters...of that I'm convinced.