Monday, October 12, 2009
The Toddler Who Loves to Eat
This afternoon, my daughter and I are enjoying our mid-day ritual: hot tea, taken with a spread of treats. Today's plate is filled with fresh pears sprinkled with cacao nibs, carrots rolled in dulse seaweed, apples, grapes, and raw lime and sea salted pumpkin seeds. She gobbles it up without hesitation, picking off the most flavorful bits first. And I love to see her eat!
In a country of notoriously picky toddlers, it is one of my greatest joys to have a child who eats. Who eats anything. She loves spicy curries and uncommon grains. Guacamole with flax crackers. Green smoothies. Any fruit imaginable. And lately, her favorite phrases are "more komboosha!" (kombucha tea, that is), "like dulse!" and "dup-dake, please," requesting the white-and-dark chocolate cupcakes I've been churning out for events and gatherings lately.
And the sweetest thing: sometimes I'll joke, "Should we eat a cow?" or "Should we eat a fish?"
She immediately pulls a face, and bursts into laughter, "No!" as if the idea were entirely ridiculous. She just has no idea that people do. And I love that, too.