April 15, 2006

Gummy Love

We had friends for dinner last night. Not like cannibals would. Just normal.

T&J have two very cool little boys, ages 6 and 8. I love these kids because they eat anything. They have better developed palates than most grownups I know. My boys? Not so mature. They were eyeing dessert before the chicken hit the BBQ. I smacked their hands and declared everything off limits.

At dinner, Marc, 14 sat there with a pained look on his face. I don't know what he'd been sneaking, but he ended up eating a couple of buns. Jackson ate some chicken, and a single roast potato. I can't describe the pride I felt.

The little guys? Salad, veggies, meat - everything. Damian, the oldest, spied the beans and his eyes lit up like a Christmas tree. 'Beans!'. I could have kissed him. He polished off half the bowl. After I brought out coffee and opened up dessert, Damian went and got a bowl and helped himself to more salad. It brought tears to my eyes.

I'd bought the kids some gummy bears. Jackson ran and got a knife, and like some Dr. Frankenstein started performing surgery on them. The little boys picked up on this right away, and ran and got their own knives. Yes, the adults had been imbibing, whyeverwouldyouask?

They were cutting off the heads and arms of the bears and reattaching them in a weird random way, using the secret welding power of nasty little boy hands. Then they would offer them up to us to eat, and only one daddy would actually eat them. Because Jerry's love for his son is greater than his memory of where those little hands have been.


Blogger Brenda said...

Loving the buns! The first time friends came over with their children, their daughter was unnaturally excited at the prospect of having spaghetti for supper. Her mother explained that as the pastor's family, they got invited out often, and she gave them the same speech in the car on the way over every time, "No matter what is on your plate, eat a bit of everything and then eat the buns." We might as well roll up baloney slices and sidedish with gummy bears - that way no one feels bad!

April 20, 2006 8:19 AM  

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