Last night at dinner, I put a tiny serving of corn* on Jack Henry’s plate, because I always give him a tiny serving of whatever vegetable* we’re having that night. Every night, he ignores it or plays with it (he used to gobble up every vegetable* I put on his tray, and then, like many toddlers, decided one night that he wasn’t going to eat anything he didn’t want to).
When the meal was almost over, Luke asked me, “Mom, did you take Jack’s corn* off his plate? Because it’s gone.” I rushed over to his high chair and looked at his plate, and checked in his seat, and by gosh, it WAS gone! Luke quick checked the pocket of Jack Henry’s bib for good measure, and it wasn’t in there, either. So he must have eaten it! We had a big impromptu celebration, complete with lots of clapping, which he loved and joined in with, and lots of “good job, Jack Henry” ‘s thrown in there, too. He was beaming.
And he finally got to have some dessert with the other boys…he usually has to sit there and watch them eat a little treat after dinner without having any because he’s not tried everything on his plate. (Side note: times have changed around here…I wouldn’t have dreamed of letting Luke have dessert at this age, but since Jack Henry is learning so much from his big brothers, it seemed appropriate. Besides, HE ATE A VEGETABLE*.)
*All right, all you purists out there…I know corn is a starch and not a vegetable. But in this house, it’s still included in the vegetable group because it’s one that gets eaten without complaint from the two older boys. And, there’s fiber and trace amounts of vitamins and minerals in it, so that makes it a vegetable to me.