Tuesday, June 13, 2006

City baby

We seem to be raising a little gourmet.

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Yesterday Kiddo ate sushi and Greek yogurt for lunch, then gravlax and carrot ginger soup for dinner. She loves cocktail olives, purple onions, goats' milk, and gorgonzola cheese. She positions herself in front of the refrigerator so she can select her favorite foods when I open the door, and she's quite opinionated about her choices.

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This is the offspring of two midwestern-reared adults who grew up eating Jello salad, grilled chicken, hamburgers. La Choy chow mein was exotic ethnic food to us, back in the olden days.

We've obviously expanded our palettes, as has much of the population, it seems. And I think it would be fun to grow up eating foods from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, so I try to feed her a diverse, healthy selection. But the fact that she's actually selecting these foods for herself surprises me: she prefers goat cheese over cheddar, gravlax over chicken, sushi over sandwiches. I don't know whether I would have been making those same choices as a child. I wonder what's next on her plate?

Last night, after she went to bed, I sewed her a little pocket with a ribbon strap. I thought she might enjoy having a place to keep her little treasures. You know: pick up a stick and put it in your pocket, that sort of thing. We discovered later this afternoon that it works better when worn across her chest like a messenger bag, but she's not really putting anything into it. So much for that toy. Instead, the current fascination is to find garbage on the sidewalks and throw it into the nearest trash can.

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She looks so proud of herself, doesn't she?

11 comments:

  1. now that is the palette i hope to cultivate in our little one. i love the idea for the satchel Ms. A has been getting into my wallet and taking everything out so something like this would work well once she is walking around more. maybe for her birthday.

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  2. She is a foodie and a cutie! (Darn that did not rhyme as well as I hoped, but she is still precious and I love that bag!)

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  3. isn't funny the things they choose? at a birthday party recently my Miss 4 went over to the party table and came back with sushi! even thou there was chips, fairy bread, biscuitts. I was very impressed - even I like to indulge in some fairy bread at parties!! love the satchel too.

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  4. love that fabric! when my youngest was that age he would stick things in his "pockek" which was actually the space between his leg and the side of his carseat. obviously if he wasn't in the car, he didn't have his "poceck". My favorite thing was the handle to the recliner that he managed to pull off and carry around like a club....

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  5. Ha, I love that sassy little walk after the garbage. Precious. Sometimes it is so fun and amazing to parent (most times).

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  6. cute little bag.

    hope she continues to eat healthy foods!

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  7. she looks so cute with her new bag!!

    very beautiful...

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  8. I agree with the above about the sassy little walk...classic. Such pride. Such style. My almost-2-y-old is fascinated with cleaning up garbage, too...fortunately she can find plenty of things to pick up around the house. "Mommy! leaf get inside! throwitaway!" Delurking to say hello and I love your blog!

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  9. wow! so cute :) and definitely a good lesson for both the food selection and keeping trahs off the ground! it's great when kids pick up things on their own that you *want* them to learn.

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  10. Josephine8:54 PM

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