A conversation overheard

At the grocery store this morning, I saw a 2-year-old boy race through down the produce aisle, spy a yellow summer squash, grab it, and excited yell to his mom, “na-NA-na!” while waving the vegetable at her.

She calmly corrected him, “That’s a zucchini,” then went about her shopping.

The boy paused for a moment, undecided about what to do with this new information.  After a second, he smiled once again, waved the vegetable at his mom, and yelled, “nu-NI-ni!”

At this, the mom smiled.  “Do you want to get a zucchini?” she asked the little boy.

He vigorously nodded his head up and down.  “Yeah!  Nu-NI-ni! Yum!”

With that, the mom had the boy place the squash in the shopping cart, and they continued with their grocery run.

So cute.  And I love that the boy got so excited by veggies!  There’s hope after all…

(This isn’t the boy from the grocery store – it’s a photo I found doing a basic Google Images search. But the spirit of the picture is spot-on.) 🙂


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A "serious" gal who is trying to remember to lighten up and smile.
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9 Responses to A conversation overheard

  1. Claire says:

    Very funny! I just hope he isn’t still expecting a na-NA-na. Grace did the same thing at dinner last week – asking me for the “ma-NA-na” on my plate – which was, of course, yellow squash – and then rejecting it again and again when I gave her a piece to hold. She was very confused.


    • Stef says:

      Cute! Yes, I’m also curious as to how the banana/squash item will be received back at that little boy’s home; dinner should be interesting… 🙂


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  3. barb19 says:

    Lovely story – let’s hope that little boy continues to be excited about vegies!


  4. Touch2Touch says:

    Nice mom, to recognize all and go along in an encouraging way —


    • Stef says:

      She seemed like a very balanced woman, and shared appropriate interest, honesty, encouragement, and realism with her boy. I respect all of that.


  5. I love seeing parents allow a child’s senses to come alive when they talk, touch and smell new things. This mom sounds like she recognized a wonderful opportunity to help her little one mentally grow and get a wonderful meal along the way! 🙂


    • Stef says:

      I’m also a big fan of parents allowing their children to explore, ask questions, and learn about their world from a place of curiousity. It was a delightful exchange to witness. I hope the boy liked his zucchini dinner!


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