The memory of a small child will never cease to amaze me. I hope that I don’t forget all the times Ada or Azita amazes me. I think I’ve already forgotten some of the things Azita did. I am constantly asking Payman “Did Azita do that?” when Ada does something cute or something that shows how perceptive kids really are.
We got some broccoli at the Farmer’s Market last Saturday and I steamed it and thought it was wonderful, though the kids didn’t seem to notice it much. This broccoli didn’t look exactly like what you get at the stores, but was long and skinny with big round parts instead of tiny little ones and it had the nice large leaves attached.
Incidently, the only winter seeds I planted were a few containers of broccoli seeds. I didn’t do a nice full winter garden like I wanted but did manage to throw some broccoli seeds in containers of summer veggies that had died.
We spent the morning outside today working on our home’s non-existent curb appeal and the kids helped me clear the dead summer veggies from the front garden, right beside the front door. Ada passed a pot with broccoli— just the leaves had formed, so about 4 inches tall, and said “Broccoli!” and pulled off the leaf and put it in her mouth.
At first I protested and said “No, it needs to grow” but then I thought about it and reminded myself that this is probably the healthiest thing in the world she can eat, a fresh baby vegetable (one that is always touted as one of the most nutritious and “cancer fighting”) out of a pot, with all the good bacteria and enzymes still living.
So after she decimated that poor one, with Azita now helping, I showed her the other pots and they ate 6 or 7 baby broccoli plants. I doubt the plants will bounce back, but I kept as many with the roots intact as I could. You never know, maybe some new leaves will form. Then they moved onto the remaining basil and a kale plant I bought.
Azita was eventually leading the way– the kid who told me yesterday that she likes eating food that is bad for her that we see at restuarants even though we make her treats at home, because that is what other people do.
So Ada surprised me by recognizing the leaves were broccoli– how many adults could have identified that plant? Not me, not just from seeing the leaves once a few days bef0re– and Azita surprised me by being so excited about the fresh greens.
I always joke with Payman that Azita will be the one who goes off to her friends house to sneak junk food and gluten and gains 15 pounds in college, while Ada will probably be happier to feel good. And that may happen, but maybe Azita will eat her donut with a side of kale.