Like many parents, I wish my kids would eat a wider variety of food. Having said that, for the most part their diet is pretty healthy, and there's at least a few foods from each food group they'll eat. Lately though, vegetables have been getting the shaft. Broccoli, tomatoes, and corn have always been pretty reliable, but recently both kids have been passing on them in favour of whatever else is on the table.
Yesterday, Beejay (my husband) gave Spud a piece of broccoli. "No thank you," Spud told him.
"You need to eat your broccoli, or you'll get scurvy," I commented.
" 'curvy? What's 'curvy?" Spud asked.
My husband explained that people that lived on ships used to get scurvy because they didn't have fruits and vegetables. (I am aware that it's mostly a vit C thing, but the scurvy comment just came out and I couldn't stop myself.)
The broccoli went into his mouth.
"Eat your broccoli Sweetpea," Spud told his sister, "you don't want 'curvy."
The broccoli went in her mouth.
The meal continued. Spud ate more broccoli and periodically reminded the rest of us to do so as well, so that we could avoid 'curvy.
Sometimes, we all need a reminder to eat our fruits and veggies. If for no other reason, remember that you don't want scurvy.
(On a side note, I'm feeling much better today. Not nearly as sore, and I'm gearing up for a run with friends.)
Yesterday's HBBC points: 1 (anti-scurvy point)
Week to date: 1