The ‘I Can’t Believe I Said That’ Post

I don’t know what it is about turning 5 years old, starting school and suddenly not enjoying the foods you used to love. #2son no longer likes broccoli, anything with a sauce, dark leafy greens, pineapple and hot cereal. The same thing happened to my daughter when she started school. #1son went through a similar episode but thank goodness it was only a phase for him. Because I honestly think he’s going to be a famous chef one day. He loves food. He loves preparing food. And if he can’t help me prepare the meal (tricky knife work or a hot stove) he’s happy to sit and watch me cook. But back to #2son…..

A few nights ago I prepared a new dish for dinner. Something that I thought would be very kid friendly. Meatballs in a BBQ sauce (that has grape jelly in the mix for goodness sake) over egg noodles with string beans. He devoured the green beans. And asked for more. He ate two helpings of green beans but wouldn’t touch the meatball dish.

“It looks yucky,” he said.

“Try it. It has grape jelly in it, your favorite,” I pleaded.

He fussed. He pushed things around. He stalled. Meanwhile, his brother was finished and on to dessert.

“Can I have that for dessert, too?” #2son asked.

“Yes, after you finish your dinner.”

“But I don’t like it,” he said.

“You haven’t even tried it yet. You like noodles. Try some noodles.”

He tasted the noodles. Not bad. So he ate all his noodles.

“Now can I have dessert?”

“No,” I said, “You still haven’t finished your dinner.”

He eyed the meatballs. He looked at me.

“But the meat has too much sauce on it and I don’t like the sauce and I still want dessert,” #2son explained.

“You have to eat the meatballs, too. It’s part of your dinner and if you want dessert you have to eat ALL of your dinner.”

“But I don’t like the meat!” he cried.

“I’m sorry,” I said, “You can’t have dessert if you don’t eat your meat. How can you have any dessert if you don’t eat your meat?”

And then I burst out laughing. And ran to go put on my Pink Floyd CD.


Filed under children, funny

15 responses to “The ‘I Can’t Believe I Said That’ Post

  1. I love the Pink Floyd reference, but am somewhat disheartened by the reminder that the dinnertime food battles I’m starting to have with my two year old are just the prelude to a longer war. So far, the addition of ketchup to anything (including, yesterday, toast with raspberry jam) seems to be working for him, but the failure of grape jelly to convince your son strikes me as a cautionary tale of what’s yet to come!

  2. Okay, that’s too funny! So…did he eat them?

  3. Steven Harris

    Priceless. Good job I’ve never slipped out my favourite quote from that album.

  4. unabridgedgirl


    I heart you for this. Really, I do.

  5. I love the fact that you broke out laughing when you were in the throes of disciplined parenting. This is so real. This happens to me all the time. I don’t even want to flash forward a few years to when I will be negotiating with articulate creatures, but of course I am after reading this!

    p.s. I also noticed that he ate extra helpings of string beans. Now any “other” mom would have been thanking her lucky star. 😉

  7. life2us

    Very very funny! I will think of this post everytime I hear the song.

    My “can’t believe I said that” food moment was “Get the Hot Dog’s plate off your head”. No song for that one that I am aware of…..

  8. Hilarious.

    Show him “The Wall” and he’ll be so freaked out, he’ll eat whatever you put in front of him!

  9. HAHAHA!! I love the reference at the end of the post to the song! It was the perfect ending to that story.

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  10. LOL!!! Did it work? It sounds like the daily conversation at our house! I’m desperate enough to try anything!!!!

  11. It’s like my house. Ok, more like my parents because at my house, we rarely have dessert because no one eats their meal. At the grandparents’ house, one bite of almost everything will get you a cookie. A flat out refusal will earn your Papi sneaking you a candy later behind mom’s back. Why can’t they just try it?

  12. Hilarious, and absolutely awesome.

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