Children of Pedestrian Tastes

Children are notoriously picky eaters. Perhaps that is why the “kids’ menu” was born. Chicken fingers, pasta, pizza, hot dogs. These pedestrian offerings may initially seem like a blessing since they provide sustenance to finicky children, while allowing their beleaguered parents to simultaneously enjoy a decent restaurant meal. Don’t be fooled. The kids’ menu quickly escalates into a vicious cycle where child claims to like only chicken fingers, pasta, pizza, hot dogs; child is offered only chicken fingers, pasta, pizza, hot dogs; so child subsists on diet limited to, yes, chicken fingers (with fries), hot dogs (with fries), pizza (with fries?) and pasta (with fries???). And we wonder why so many children "prefer" such a limited diet? After the millionth time the well mannered mother watches her child scarf down the hot dog and fries from the kids’ menu, rather than eat the roast chicken and rice he would happily enjoy if there were no kids’ menu, she may just want to rip that photocopied piece of paper to shreds. Or set it on fire. Or take the family to a restaurant that doesn’t offer a kids' menu. What a novel concept! Maybe, just maybe, that is what one well mannered mother will do.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Or maybe just ask the waiter to NOT bring the kids' menu?

Anonymous said...

how many times can you use "notoriously picky eaters"

Elizabeth Hammond Pyle said...

Thanks for noticing and for pointing that out, Anonymous. Not only did I did repeat the phrase, “Notoriously picky eaters” I repeated the whole sentence at the start of three separate, but related, posts. So, how many times can we use it? I’ll bet we could even use it even more, since there’s much that could be said and there are many strong opinions on the eating habits of children.

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