For the twelfth day of my month long blogging challenge,
I have chosen the topic of…
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I love bananas.
"Doesn't everybody love bananas?" some of you may now be wondering. Well, no. My 11 year old does not like bananas. When he was two, Zarf went through 6 months of...well, let's just say "gastro-intestinal issues" that left him anemic. He was prescribed a daily dosage of a strong, liquid iron supplement. On the advice of the pediatrician I gave it to him in a banana, soy milk smoothie every day with lunch. He never balked at drinking those smoothies that smelt of wet pennies and mushy bananas. Eventually his iron levels reached normal and his issues resolved themselves and our habit of daily smoothies ceased.
It wasn't until last year that I figured out that this might be the reason Zarf hates bananas and why if offered a smoothie he will only accept if it comes with a banana-free guarantee. He does eat banana bread, but only if there are chocolate chips in it, and there are no other treats handy.
For his part, Klaxon loves bananas. This is just one example of how opposite my children are, especially about food. Klaxon loves craisins and hates raisins. Zarf hates craisins and loves raisins. Klaxon loves yogurt. Zarf will eat yogurt only in raita-form as an accompaniment to barbequed lamb or beef. Klaxon doesn't like nuts, Zarf loves them. Klaxon won't eat corn on the cob or apples that aren't sliced. Zarf? Naturally he's a fan of both. Zarf loves chocolate and hates peanut butter. Klaxon loves peanut butter and is developing a taste for chocolate though more often than not, he'll announce, "This is a bit rich for my tastes."
Six years ago I followed a recipe on Bub & Pie's old blog (and omigod! Look at the comments! All our now-defunct blogs and assorted aliases!) thinking it would be a lovely compromise. Instead they both sobbed at how I'd ruined their day by mixing peanut butter AND chocolate TOGETHER. They were only 3 and 5 at the time, but even then they were stubborn as the day is long.
I wonder where they get that from?