“That is so disgusting! I can’t believe you are eating that!”
She rolled her eyes and screwed up her face at her brother as he tucked in to the smoked mussels.
I gently reminded her of our rule…
“You don’t have to eat it, but you are not allowed to be rude about it.”
“Sorry” she mumbled, “it’s just that it looks so weird. There is no way I am eating that!”
“Just because something looks different doesn’t mean it tastes bad, or that you should try it” I say in my best calm and confident parenting voice.
“What’s the weirdest food you’ve eaten” she asks me.
I wrack my brain for an example to illustrate my point.
“When I was in Japan I had soup with pieces of octopus tentacle in it, it still had the big suckers on it. That was different, but it tasted great.”
“That’s not very weird! What other weird food have you eaten??”
“Well… once I was at a sleep over with friends and the girl who’s house it was freaked us all out by showing us a huge pot with a whole ox tongue in it!”
“It was very strange, just like a human tongue but much bugger, with taste buds and everything, but no mouth!”
There was a chorus of ‘disgusting’ and ‘so gross’ from around the table.
“So did you eat it Mum???”
“Um… er no. It smelled very odd and I just…er… ”
Accusatory looks are thrown at me, and I feel my calm confident parenting moment crumbling around me.
“It was a tongue!” I say defensively, I was only a kid!”
“Yeah well” she snaps back at me “those mussels smell funny, and I’m only a kid, and there is no way I am trying that!”
Ok kid, you win… you win.
What’s the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?
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