One of my nephews had just picked up a habit that I dropped a long time ago. It was the subject of much discussion, both around the dinner table and on into the evening. My little nephew, pushing two years old, is refusing to swallow his food. He will sit for more than a couple minutes with a bite of food in his mouth and will not let it go down his throat.
I used to do this as well. Not just when I was a toddler. I still have memories, not so much of holding food in my mouth, but of sitting at the dinner table, long after everyone else had left, with a plate of half-eaten and long cold food in front of me that I refused to eat. They are vague memories. Maybe I was four, possibly five years old. I still remember my mom threatening to and then actually setting the timer. That was usually pretty intense. Only later did I find out that while she said it was five minutes, she actually gave me ten.
My parents never gave up the fight, even though I did this regularly. Every time I refused to eat, they were more stubborn than I. They remained the adults in the situation. Eventually I learned to eat what was given to me. To this day, I eat every bit of food on my plate, and I'm willing to try almost anything. It really annoys me when I see other people leaving food on their plate, or even refusing to eat perfectly good food because of this or that ingredient that they "don't like." I can't imagine categorically "not liking" a type of food. Even if I did, I would probably still eat it. I think that something would have to legitimately taste like dirt for me to pass it up. Seriously, it confounds me that people will simply refuse to eat things like peas, or tomatoes, or onions. Those are all really good!
I don't know if there's anything in particular I'm trying to say here. I just like peas and Brussels sprouts, even though I used to hate them. Do your kids a favor--make them eat their food. (I know that's funny coming from me, who will never be a parent, but still, I'm living proof that making your kids eat their food yields grown ups who are able to appreciate a wide variety of foods without prejudice...I'm just saying.)
By the way, Swan Lake is a fantastic piece of music. I've never been to a ballet, and I'm not really drawn to go, but if I ever had the chance, I would go to see Swan Lake. (I'm listening to it right now as I write this post.)
Yet another picture:
|It snowed in Rome last year!|
I don't usually post links, but a good friend of mine, also to be ordained in a couple weeks, also has a blog. He posted this at the end of our week long workshop on marriage counseling.