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…
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.
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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Lovely story – let’s hope that little boy continues to be excited about vegies!
Agreed! Whatever keeps him interested in healthy eating is all good. 🙂
Nice mom, to recognize all and go along in an encouraging way —
She seemed like a very balanced woman, and shared appropriate interest, honesty, encouragement, and realism with her boy. I respect all of that.
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! 🙂
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!