Fruits and Vegetables

I’m taking a workshop with Lisa Romeo right now…her second 4×4 focus on techniques in nonfiction (scene, humor, narrative, etc.). Part of that online workshop experience includes a month of daily writing prompts. Today’s prompt is fruits and vegetables. After a long break from posting here at Motherlogue, I thought I’d use the prompt to jump start myself in the writing way. Here it goes.

We have entered a stage with our older son that involves not fun times at the dinner table. I never thought I’d be having the “you need to eat X in order to have dessert” conversations that we have during 80 to 90 percent of our meals. It’s tiresome. It’s draining. It’s frustrating. The funny thing is, the X never includes the typical stuff kids hate (broccoli, green peppers, cucumbers). More often than not, he’s refusing to eat chicken (in any other form than a nugget). Or tomato sauce. Or anything that has even been near an onion in the refrigerator.

Considering that our kid does make healthy choices, it feels like I don’t really have much about which to complain. But still, I do. It’s exhausting to have these battles and to hold firm that he needs to eat what we eat. Or to at least try it without wailing. We are determined that he’ll be a healthy eater (check) and also want to help him become an eater that is open to a variety of foods (this is where we need the work).

For now, I’ll just try to remain thankful that both our sons are just as happy eating fruits and veggies as they would be with a bucket of french fries. Hopefully our older son will pick up some of our younger son’s appreciation for new flavors in the not-so-distant future.

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