I debated whether or not to put this in the Rant section, but figured since it's more a flabbergasted mild vent than a rant, General Chit Chat is
probably the best spot.
I mentioned in The Shed that one of my kids' best friends is moving a a few hours away in a few weeks, and that we had a final sleepover Friday
night. We've known the kid since we moved in over 4 years ago, they've been pretty tight buddies from the start. We also knew she was one hell of a
picky eater from the start, too. This is one kid who's in all her sleepovers here, never eaten dinner here, and avoids snacking here. Not because we
have junk or weird food, but because it's NOT the junk she's used to. According to my kids, their idea of cooking consists of take-out from
McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy's or Taco Bell, and mac & cheese every day. Once in a while, maybe hot dogs or some cheap meat. And cookies or chips
are apparently ok for breakfasts
I wouldn't call them poor by any means, despite eating like a poor stereotype. I could understand a lazy diet if I could chalk it up to their
parents' recent divorce, but that's been the family diet since well before that. I just don't understand how people can fall into that kind of diet
trap with young(er) kids, they're 10 and 5, for cryin' out loud. Those habits are learned early and STICK. On the upside, her younger brother will
hoover up whatever you give him. She turns her nose up at EVERYTHING. She doesn't even like pizza, what kid doesn't like pizza??
But that's not what has my jaw on the floor by any means, it's just background to help understand just what kind of kid this is.
The girl could not identify a shocking amount of the fruits and veggies in our house on sight.
Hubby told them close to bedtime Friday night that they could have some fruit for a bedtime snack, but no more of the indulgence junk food we bought
(a couple cookie varieties) She wandered around the kitchen, which she's never actually done before. She tends to avoid it. She looked at the bowl of
apricots on the counter, "Is that an orange?" THAT one I can understand, that's not too common outside of canned or dried for a kid to snack on, if
they ever eat it at all.
However, she pointed at the bowl of cherries next to them, "What are these??" My older kid's eyeballs just about popped out of her head, "Are you
serious? Those are cherries!" "Oh. Those don't look like the cherry I get on my sundaes..." Her only exposure in her 10 years so far to cherries
has been the occasional maraschino on a sundae. We live in Michigan, and cherries are as big a deal here as apples are
At least she knew what the grapes, watermelon and bananas were :/ She didn't ask about the plums, I don't think she even noticed them.
She didn't know what the red potatoes were, or the onions. ONIONS. The kid had no idea what an onion looked like before it's peeled, chopped, diced,
sliced, etc. She thought the tomatoes were apples (there is no excuse for this...) and couldn't figure out what the cucumbers were. She also didn't
know there are breads other than white bread (we have sourdough right now)
She eventually settled for a slice of sourdough with some peanut butter (which is where she learned more than just white bread exists) Hubby asked if
she wanted something to drink -- warm or cold milk, water, a little tea. "What's tea??" My older kid, who's big on a cup of peppermint tea at
bedtime, took over that conversation and explained All Things Tea enough to make a Brit proud. "Oh. I thought the only hot drinks were coffee and hot
I probably had a big hint that she doesn't have much exposure to fresh foods back in the spring when I was getting my herb garden going, and she
asked what the plants were. "A bunch of different herbs!" "What are herbs?"
My younger kid's the green thumb, and couldn't believe it, "Herbs, you know, the things people use to make the flavors in food!" "Oh. I thought
stuff just comes that way from the store." O.O Yeah, wow.
She could be just an extreme example of it, but I've noticed a lot of kids today don't have a whole hell of a lot of fresh food exposure & have
trouble identifying even common produce, especially compared to what adults knew of at their ages. Has anyone else noticed this, too, or am I just in
the middle of a localized phenomenon?