“Mommy, can I please have the rest?” Those are words I never thought I would hear my daughter say.
When we first arrived in Canada, my youngest had not been eating solid food for too long. She was picky with what she would eat and would turn her nose up at things like beef, lettuce leaves and tofu. My other daughter would have her least favourites too thus making it difficult to cook food that they would both eat. I remember sitting at the table for long periods of time waiting for my girls to finish their meal. We began cooking favourites: broccoli, fried rice, noodles, lentils, macaroni cheese. We encouraged them to try stir fried green vegetables, pumpkin, tomato, and cauliflower. We were not always successful.
Now that they have reached their teens, my daughters have become much better eaters. My youngest, who was such a picky eater, will fill herself up with her favourite foods. They now look forward to eating their meals and often make requests for their favourites. And when I hear “Mommy, can I have the rest?” I smile and invite her to empty the pot.
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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt is: rest)