It’s Not All Mary Poppins


Ki-woon loves to be fed. Loves, loves, loves it! Well, loves what he wants to eat. Not so enamoured of the peas and carrots we had with lunch yesterday. Today, though, he’s a-trembling with glee at the approach of the bowl full of melon chunks that is this morning’s snack. His chubby arms outstretched, his legs kicking against the footrest of the high chair. “Bring them on, Mary!!” If he weren’t strapped down, he’d surely vibrate right out of the high chair.

The first bowl vanishes, whoosh. Did he even chew? Don’t think so.

The second bowl is greeted with equal enthusiasm. Vanishes with equal dispatch. The third bowl approaches, the boy revs up yet again – arms, legs fluttering, child quivering in anticipation. It’s a shame the way we starve the boy. Third bowl is placed on the tray of the chair amid screeches of enthusiasm that rend the air. And the eardrums.

But wait. Seems that these melon chunks are defective. Either that or Ki-woon’s evil twin has suddenly possessed his body.

A grandiose swoop of two dimpled hands. “NO! No, no, NOOO!” Melons? How could you, Mary?? The bowl bounces across the room. Melon chunks scatter over the dining room floor. Think maybe he’s done now? It’s subtle, I know, but I am a professional, well able to pick up on a child’s indirect cues.

Mary instructs as she washes his hands and face. “If you’re done, say so. Food stays ON the tray. ON the tray.” Boy is set down to play while Mary tackles the high chair with the damp cloth. (Yes, the same cloth. I cleaned the boy with it first. Hush yourselves.)

High chair efficiently swabbed, I turn to get the broom and dustpan for the melon debris and trip over Ki-woon, who is half under the dining room table. Three guesses as to what he’s doing down there…

Babies. Contrary little critters.

© 2006, Mary P

July 27, 2006 - Posted by | behavioural stuff, food, quirks and quirkiness


  1. He didn’t WANT the melons on the TRAY! Come on! It’s so much more appetizing off the FLOOR, as everyone knows.

    Comment by Kristen | July 27, 2006 | Reply

  2. Was he doing your taxes?

    Comment by ieatcrayonz | July 27, 2006 | Reply

  3. I agree with Kristen. Thanks for the smile.

    Comment by abogada | July 27, 2006 | Reply

  4. i really needed that laugh. i can just see him throwing them off the tray in disgust, then, once on the ground, seeing a piece on the floor and thinking, “ooh, a melon!” how quickly they forget. šŸ˜›

    Comment by kari | July 27, 2006 | Reply

  5. Sounds a bit like the time my mom put me in a headlock to get me to swallow the half teaspoon of cough medicine I needed, and then when she let me go I grabbed the bottle and drank half of it.

    Good times, right?…

    Comment by KEP | July 27, 2006 | Reply

  6. Ok, so sometimes Ian will eat vegetables only if he has flung them on the floor first. There must be a spice/flavoring only the floor can give that they like.

    Comment by Mamacita Tina | July 27, 2006 | Reply

  7. It always tastes better that way.

    Comment by Granny | July 27, 2006 | Reply

  8. Not that I’m scrutinizing your housecleaning, or anything, but didn’t you know that things are just tastier with a sprinkling of floor debris?? Ha!

    Comment by Jennifer | July 27, 2006 | Reply

  9. Floor leavins—mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    Comment by Misfit Hausfrau | July 27, 2006 | Reply

  10. mmm leftunders!

    Comment by Haley | July 27, 2006 | Reply

  11. this is one of the few “baby signs” we felt was useful enough to really work on teaching: DONE. We didn’t get all that much food throwing – yippee!

    Comment by kittenpie | July 27, 2006 | Reply

  12. MMMMMM… floor fuzz covered melon! what a tasty variation!

    Comment by appleseed | July 28, 2006 | Reply

  13. Obviously, the kid knows all about the 30 second rule.

    Comment by Kat O+ | July 28, 2006 | Reply

  14. Haha! I guess that ol’ variable sense of time told him he was hungry again too.

    Haley – “leftunders” is a perfect new word.

    Comment by Lady M | July 28, 2006 | Reply

  15. I am officially smitten with Ki-woon.

    Comment by Sunshine Scribe | July 28, 2006 | Reply

  16. Crayonz: [she snorts her tea out her nose] Ha! No.

    Kari: “OOoh, a melon!” Bwah-ha. That’s exactly it.

    Jennifer: This house has four to six toddlers in it during workday hours, and two to six teens, an eleven, a twenty, and two adults in it the rest of the time. No avoiding at least SOME floor debris!

    Kittenpie: Thing is, he knows how to say both “done” and “down”. They sound pretty much exactly the same, but then, when you eat in a high chair, either will work!

    KatO+: 30 seconds?? In this place, it’s more like 30 minutes, though in practice I try to keep it to three. Minutes.

    Sunshine: I am, too. But he leaves the middle of next month. Sniff.

    Lady M: “Leftunders” – cute, huh? And exactly right! That word is direct from Sarah’s paternal grandpa, the side of the family that does the most playing with words.

    Everyone else: Yup, there’s just something about the “floor fuzz” that adds a certain je ne sais quoi to the dining experience, that’s for sure!

    Comment by Mary P. | July 28, 2006 | Reply

  17. *Swoon!*

    I love Ki-Woon!

    Comment by Jenorama | August 1, 2006 | Reply

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