“Did you just ask for peas?”
I was in disbelief. Ever since Little Legs started solids, he refused to eat vegetables. Anything that was green was instantly rejected without even trying it. He turned his head in the opposite direction of whatever tasty healthy morsel was being offered, his mouth clamped shut and his lips sealed shut like the tomb of an Egyptian king, only to be reopened with the magic word, “Cookie.”
Our pediatrician laughed when I explained my concerns that Little Legs was surely missing out on some key nutrients and may be headed for a nasty case of scurvy.
“You need to starve him, a little. Hold back on the fun snacks, like Goldfish and muffins, and give him carrots or peas for a snack.”
This cruel approach only resulted in Little Legs not eating a snack and with a mini-salad on the floor, thrown there in disgust. I would have more luck force feeding a turtle than getting this child to eat vegetables.
Or so I thought.
Today, I opened a bag of sweet sugar snap peas that had been shoved in the back of the fridge and crunched on a whole pea snap.
“Mmm…mmm… these are delicious.”
I split one open with my thumb like I was opening an envelope to reveal the cutest little sweet peas attached inside of the seam. I popped one after the other into my mouth while watching Little Legs out of the side of my eye.
He dropped his peanut butter and jelly sandwich and clapped his hands to get my attention. He held his hands out, wriggling his fingers in a sudden need to try the green treat.
I held out a little longer, letting the excitement build before splitting open another snap pea and showing him the tiny peas inside.
“Peeez…” he asked with his hands outstretched.
How could I refuse?
I turned over the pea and a subsequent handful, all of which he greedily gobbled up, and held his hands out for more in a very Green Eggs and Ham transition. At last, I think it’s safe to say that he does so like them, Sam-I-Am.