March 4, 2014 at 8:37 pm , by Nick Shell
3 years, 3 months.
Yesterday Mommy prepared some vegan ravioli for you for dinner.
It was a bit of an experiment, since you usually get cheese in your ravioli. But this time, it was vegetables and garlic instead- no cheese.
Mommy and I were both curious to see how you would react to veggie version…
You have this habit, like most 3 year-olds, I assume, of trying to negotiate how little “real food” you have to eat, so that you can end your meal with some kind of treat.
As Mommy placed the ravioli on your plate, she jokingly mentioned that there was chocolate inside the ravioli.
It was amazing how we didn’t have to keep prompting to eat your dinner. For 20 minutes, you ate your ravioli with no complaints.
Then finally, you politely observed, “Mommy, I don’t taste chocolate in my ravioli…”.
Mommy and I immediately burst out in laughter. We realized at that moment, you didn’t understand Mommy was joking when she mentioned that there was chocolate in them…
You were so eager to eat chocolate for dinner, that you kept eating the veggie raviolis in hopes that you would discover some hidden chunks of chocolate to make it worth your while.
Even funnier is that you would willingly eat vegetables mixed with chocolate, if it meant you got to eat chocolate. As for me, at least, I would want them separate.
Not you. For you, chocolate is chocolate.
While the story doesn’t end with you getting chocolate chunks in your ravioli, it does end with you getting chocolate almond milk, as well as, some vegan gummy bears.
You were happy and so were your parents.
Plus, Mommy and I were happy because we got you to eat veggie-stuffed ravioli without any complaints.
If only this plan were repeatable…