Sep 30, 2013 Kids
Yesterday the four of us went apple picking (or as a friend of mine calls it, Migrant Worker Fantasy Camp). After battling traffic past a Mets game, then past half a dozen other apple farms that had police directing traffic, we finally arrived at Outhouse Orchards (ha!), paid for our bag, and got to it.
After a while Fiona asked if she could eat an apple, and I said sure. I mean, they weren’t weighing the bags, it was as much as you could stuff in. So we’d just un-stuff by one apple.
Fiona picked a good one and was about to eat it, when my husband yelled over “You should wash it first, Fiona.” Gee, thanks babe. Do you have water with you? No? Then why are you saying anything?!?
Fiona looked at the apple funny, half-way to her mouth. “I want to wash it.” I explained to her that there was no place to wash it, and she should just eat it. She carried it around for a few minutes, looking at it like it was poisonous. “Just eat it, Fiona.” “But Mommy, you always tell me to wash fruit really well.”
“Fiona, you just picked it off of a tree. Even if they just sprayed the tree with pesticides yesterday, it’s probably still the cleanest apple you’ve ever eaten.”
She still wouldn’t eat it.
I told her what store apples go through: how many people have touched them by the time they get to our house. How they’ve sat in a warehouse. How they’ve been trucked across the country. How everyone in the grocery store has picked them up and put them down. You got yours off of a freaking tree little girl! Eat it!!!
She wouldn’t do it. She’d convinced herself that it would kill her instantly. She asked Jake to take a bite, but he refused. She told me to take a bite, but I had my Invisalign aligners* in and didn’t feel like taking them out.
Finally, my husband took one for the team and took a bite (after I yelled at him, “You did this babe – fix it!”). Then, and only then, would Fiona eat it.
So there you have it: my kids are afraid of fresh produce. They have no problem with produce that has passed through many hands, been stored for months, and packaged in plastic. Maybe it’s the plastic that makes it look safe.
*I’m a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, and am receiving complimentary treatment.
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