Do Not Try It You will Like It
My daughter is at the age where “I don’t like that” is the autopilot-response to every new food.
I hear the endless refrain from my parents ringing in my ears: “Try it…you’ll like it.”
Except I never did. Try it. Or like it. That command never worked. It dug me in. So I never tasted the foods offered. Even if I took a bite, mouth puckered: my soul was closed.
She is the same. I tried: “Try it, you’ll like it.” You already know the answer. “Try it,” as a command, is nearly an oxymoron.
Questions are different. Questions are inviting. Questions open the mind. Maybe the right questions open the soul.
"I made a little taste of this for you. What does it taste like?”
"Is it salty, like popcorn?" (yes!)
"is it sweet, like ice cream?" (no)
"Is it starchy, like noodles?" (yes!)
"What does it taste like?" (it tastes like flour!)
I adore Amelie’s answers. At this stage in her life, I think it is how she learns best. And I learn too.
I had never noticed the taste of flour in hash browns before.