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Monday, March 22, 2010

Lunch with Indy

Homeschooling has a lot of pros and cons. One of the pros (most of the time) is that Indy and I get to have lunch together every day. Well, some days, like today, I'm the super cool mom and let him eat lunch in the school room and watch a little Scooby Doo, but most days we eat together.
Making lunch every day (okay, almost every day, some days I'm the super duper cool mom and take him to McDonald's or his favorite Italian restaurant for brick over pizza) is sometimes a challenge. If it were just me, I'd eat a bowl a cereal. Having to feed the boy though, I try to be responsible and make sure he eats something semi-healthy. Most days we do eat healthy, but I let him throw in some chips or other non-healthy options and we're both happy. Today we hit the healthy jackpot. Lunch today consisted of whole wheat pita pockets stuffed with romaine lettuce, broccoli sprouts (Indy is wild about those) and tuna salad made with celery, dill relish and a smidgen of ranch dressing, celery stuffed with cream cheese, toasted spinach tortillas and red pepper hummus. It was so yummy. I was getting it together when Indy came in the kitchen. Here's some snippets of our conversation:

Indy (staring at the celery and cream cheese on the counter): Celery? AND cream cheese? Oh, mama! You know what I like!
Me: Look good?
Indy: I cannot wait. Give me the big pieces of celery. I'll be in the school room.

A few minutes later when lunch was still in the works, he came back to investigate what was taking so long:

Indy: You're making me 2 pitas right?
Me: Right.
Indy: You know how I love those pitas.
Me: Yes I do.
Indy: You put sprouts in it?
Me: Of course.
Indy: Good. Lots of sprouts?
Me: Yes.
Indy: Okay then. [looking over at the hummus on his plate] What is that?
Me: Hummus.
Indy [looking skeptical] Do I eat hummus?
Me [praying he would eat it]: Of course you do.
Indy: Are you sure?
Me: Yyyeeeeessss. [Brilliant idea comes to me] You know, they eat lots of hummus in Egypt. [I have no idea if they eat hummus in Egypt, but I figured they probably do]
Indy: Oh. Oh, of course they do. I'll bet Indiana Jones eats hummus.
Me: YES! I'm certain he does. He probably loves it.
Indy [licking his lips]: Oh, yeah.

He carried his lunch into the school room and the Scooby Doo watching commenced. I walked in a few minutes later to see how it was going. The hummus and spinach tortilla chips were gone.

Me: So, how was that hummus?
Indy: Delicious! Can I have some more?

Again, this is clearly I sign that I have superior parenting skills. If I tell the boy Indiana Jones eats it, he'll eat anything.

I should note that the boy ate 2 half pitas, I ate one. He had 4 HUGE celery sticks with cream cheese, I had 2. He had about 2.5 tbsp of hummus with tortilla chips, I had about 1 tbsp. He already out eats me at 7. I have no idea what we'll do when he's a teenager.


Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Aw, that's great that you guys get to do lunch everyday. I would have loved to have been able to eat lunch everyday with my mom when I was a kid, heck even now lol

Anonymous said...

What a little foodie! Kids can be such picky eaters. My two year old niece won't eat anything but my one year old eats MUSHROOMS! I feel like I hit the jackpot with this one. And hummus? Yums!

Lyana said...

Sounds like you are a super cool mom, and a creative one too:)!

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