Today was a banner day for the Mankin family. Long-time readers of this blog know of Peter’s reluctance to eat a variety of foods types. He does very well in the school cafeteria, but he has an extremely narrow diet at home. Those of you who know Peter have probably witnessed the futility of negotiating with him. No means no to food items. We should have bought stock in Pepperidge Farms Goldfish when he was born. We have invested millions already.
Taking Peter out for any length of time has always mandated bringing a separate bag of his favored food items – juice, goldfish, chips, peanut butter sandwich – his staples. For some reason, Peter decided that he wanted to go to Burger King this week. He was very insistent that we go. Actually, there was no living with him until he was taken to Burger King.
There was the obligatory bag of juice, Goldfish & peanut butter sandwich packed in the car for our outing. Peter mentioned over & over that he wanted to go to Burger King. Burger King it is. We asked Peter what type of kid’s meal he wanted. He replied confidently “hamburger’. Kathy unwrapped the burger, sat down the bag of fries next to it, and off he went. He tore into the burger, and when he was through, only a sliver of bun was left. It was a sesame seed roll, by the way. He ate all his fries, and drank his juice box until it was virtually empty. When he was through, Peter placed his spent wrappers & juice box in the trash can.
Most parents wouldn’t be boasting about their kid eating at a fast-food place. I’m not inferring that this was a nutritious meal for him. The important thing to note here is that this was a family meal… without special prep or a compromised menu. We all went and had a quiet (?) meal together. No big deal to most – a BIG deal to us!
Oh sure – the day had its share of frustrations for Mom & Dad today. Lunch, however, went like clockwork… for the first time EVER.