Favorite Movie: Cinderella
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Fish Sticks
When my daughter was three, I attended the parent night at her preschool. There were many lovely examples of the kids’ work displayed around the room, including interviews with the children about their favorite things. I happily scanned my daughter’s interview. Yes, she loved Cinderella and her favorite color was blue. But then I almost dropped her laminated apple tree to the floor when I came to her favorite food.
Fish sticks? Those frozen fingers of unidentifiable seafood? The ones responsible for that smell — the one that hung in school hallways on fish stick days? My daughter had never eaten fish sticks. Fish sticks were not on the menu at our house.
I secretly prided myself on the fact that she was the only three-year-old who requested scones for the snack rotation. My daughter was the one who ate grilled cheese sandwiches made with brie and requested crème brulée instead of birthday cakes.
Fish sticks? Really? I admit that I wanted that list taken down as soon as possible, lest someone see.
So in my motherly wisdom, I decided to buy a box of fish sticks for her to try — she could decide for herself. She would see. I was sure that her verdict was a foregone conclusion.
With fish sticks in the oven, the smell enveloped the house. Was that enough? Was the fish stick experiment over? Nope. She didn’t notice.
And if you hadn’t guessed, she LOVED the fish sticks. Ha! That was a humbling moment. But to my relief, after eating them a few times, she reversed her opinion. She declared that she hated fish sticks and we should never serve them to her again. Whew. Now could we go back to the classroom and make a revision to her list?
Is it just me (and now my daughter)? Do you like fish sticks?
–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog
– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team. She also publishes her own blog, Going Low Carb.