3-2-1 Blast-Off Potatoes

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Aside from not wanting to put his toys away(see “Super Tatte and the Mess Monster), there are a whole slew of things that Tevye would rather not do.  His attitude towards these things can change on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis.  Whether it be wearing certain pyjamas, brushing his teeth, having his hair washed, or eating supper.  For a long time Tevye absolutely despised having his hair washed.  He would, and still does on occasion, absolutely freak out at the thought of getting his hair washed in the bath.  At one point last summer he received a new “Little Einstein” video in which Rocket is hungry and so the Little Einsteins had to fly around the world, and into space, collecting the ingredients needed to make Rocket Soup.  One of their stops is the garden of “The Good Knight” where they’re able to find peas.  While trying to retrieve the peas, it starts to rain and the Good Knight’s suit of armour gets all rusty and can’t move.  Thankfully one of the Little Einsteins knows a “Trusty Rusty Dance” which, if done correctly, should remove the rust from the Good Knight, allowing him to continue getting them peas.  Who the heck needs CLR to clean rust spots when you can just do the Trusty Rusty Dance?  I tried it with the car, but it didn’t seem to work.  Tevye absolutely loved The Good Knight, for some reason.  When he would watch the video he would get very excited about the prospect of seeing the Good Knight.  When it came time to wash his hair, we managed to convince him that he was getting rained on like the Good Knight and, just like magic, he didn’t cry anymore!  It was a momentus occasion in bathtime development.

We applied this logic to all sorts of activities that were less than Tevye’s favourite.  The pyjamas that he sometimes doesn’t like were magically transformed into “Super Hero Jammies” which of course he has no issue putting on.  Only one of the pairs of pyjamas he has need this magic transformation. He has no issue wearing his Leafs pyjamas, but that’s because he’s got excellent taste in hockey themed clothing, unlike his Mama.

As I mentioned at the beginning, Tevye also doesn’t like to eat his supper sometimes.  Lately it’s become a real problem, and he just wont eat supper, no matter what it is(unless it’s Noonoos(noodles), which if you were to ask Tevye are nothing short of Devine).  It’s not that he just sits there looking at his food and not eating it.  That would be frustraing enough, but no.  Tevye needs to go one step further than that.  He’ll sit with food in his mouth, not chewing it, for as long as it takes for me to give in.  I once figured that if I just let him sit there he would eventually finish the bite of food.  At the one hour mark, when the food had turned to complete mush and had thoroughly mixed with saliva, and now dripping out of his mouth(ugh, I’m grossed out now just thinking about it), I gave up.  Last night was no different, and I was just about at the end of my rope, when I tried turning his supper into a rocket launch pad(he is also completely enamoured with all things space-related).  The fork was a rocket, which would pick up it’s cargo from the depot and then be shuttled to the launch pad, where it would get stuck until the target(his mouth) was clear.  Then, as soon as Tevye’s mouth was empty, the rocket would blast off and into his mouth. Wouldn’t you know it, he ate his supper all up!  I don’t know that this will work every time, as a matter of fact, I’m fairly certain that it wont, but at least it worked for one night.

We’ve also found that when he doesn’t want to drink water, if you call it “Super Hero Water” he’ll drink it.  This may sound to adults as a silly solution, afterall, it’s the same water, and calling it something different doesn’t change anything about it.  Yet in British Columbia where regular tap water has been proven to be as clean as bottle water, the number of people that insist on bottled water is mind boggling.  Calling them Super Hero Jammies doesn’t change the fact that they’re the same pyjamas, but it makes all the difference in Tevye’s mind.  People can buy clothes from SuperStore or WalMart, but the number of people that would rather spend three times the price so they can get a little label saying they’re something different is quite astonishing as well.

We think we get smarter as we get older, but I’m not so certain.

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One Response to “3-2-1 Blast-Off Potatoes”
  1. Dustin says:

    Hey Moishe- these are great, but I have one suggestion.
    Pictures! There’s never enough for those of us who don’t get to see your rugrats very often.

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