Sunday, July 29, 2012

Town Fair Therapy

Mikan shocked us this weekend when he tried a few new foods.  We took him to our town's annual "Hometown Days" festival for dinner one evening.  After we sat down at a picnic table and Mikan finished his regular meal of Pringles and cereal, he said "You want some fries."  Because he still gets his pronouns confused, he was actually telling us that he wanted some fries.  John and I looked at each other and then I promptly found a vendor selling some fries while John went to purchase an elephant ear.  After Mikan ate several fries without gagging, he said "You want an elephant ear."

What?!  I thought.  An elephant ear?  This kid hasn't eaten anything non-crunchy in almost 2 years.  And before that the times were few and far-between.  So we broke off pieces of the elephant ear.  And he ate them.  And he asked for more.  And he ate those.  And then he asked for more.

Needless to say, for the rest of the weekend we kept asking him if he wanted to go back to the festival to eat.  Since I couldn't be certain about the availability of elephant ears anytime in the next year, we took him to dinner again the next evening at the festival.  There probably aren't too many parents who are ecstatic about their kids eating a weekend of carnival food.  Baby steps.

2 comments:

Mary Ann said...

Yea for Mikan and for trying new foods. Found a recipe on line for Elephant Ears. Doesn't sound too difficult to make. May have to experiment.:) http://allrecipes.com/recipe/elephant-ears-2/
Maybe he likes the names...so perhaps it's time for Animal Theme Recipe's such as bunny cake, apple ladybug treats, ants on a log, cream cheese penguins, turtle bread, monkey brains...just a thought. So happy to hear the news.

Kara @ Just1Step said...

Yay Mikan!! I love elephant ears, too. :) (Which is ironic since I strongly dislike donuts.)