Pockets full of Cauliflower

Last night at dinner, my 9-year-old daughter, Liv, got a little creative.  She isn’t very fond of cauliflower, although she likes it more than broccoli.  She will usually force it down while holding her nose.  In typical fashion, I didn’t have a clue.  I was too busy scarfing down the breaded tilapia, etc. to notice that the cauliflower had disappeared rather rapidly from Liv’s plate.  My wife astutely inquired, “Did you already eat your cauliflower?”  Liv said, “Yes, and it didn’t taste very good at all!”  That was good enough for me.  My wife, however, knew better.  She glanced under the table, expecting to see it on the floor or in Liv’s lap.  Nope.  Then she asked, “Is it in your pocket?”  Liv grinned and caved.  She was wearing a cardigan sweater with loose pockets on the front, and they were packed with cauliflower!  Needless to say, she had a lovely time picking off the lint before eating every last bite!

Cauliflower Pockets Liv

Cauliflower Pockets Liv

I have similar stories for my other kids too.  Like the time Sam was about 4 or 5, and was eating some chicken nuggets in the other room.  I saw him go into the kitchen and put something in the trash.  Then he came bouncing down the hall asking for desert.  I said, “Did you eat all of your chicken?”  Sam said, “Uh-huh!”  I said, “So, what did you put in the trash can?”  Sam said, “Chicken!”

Now, when I was a kid, I was certain that I was smarter than my parents.  It only got worse when I became a teenager, so Lord knows there will be greater challenges ahead!  I’m certainly not in a hurry for them to grow up any faster than they already are.  However, I am so interested and curious to see how they grow, learn, and evolve into young adults.

I’m curious to see which of the tricks, lies, and scams I used in my childhood will rear their ugly heads again.  As a parent, I feel that same confidence in the fact that I am smarter than my kids.  However, they will surely come up with new and creative ways to pull the wool over our eyes!  I’m going to start now trying to channel my inner teenager so I can think like them!


~ by suitenectar on April 20, 2010.

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