Brussel Sprout Popping Fools…

Oh, my loyal bloggy readers.  Those of you who know me — or who have read my blog from it’s beginning — know that food is, from time to time, an issue with the smaller people of our household.  Yes, especially food of the — how shall we say — green kind.

Well, this past week was no different.

To preface, I will state that my sweetie and I, lovers of many things green, truly enjoy brussel sprouts.  I hear your gasps of horror, but it is true.  We ENJOY Brussel Spouts!

Our sweet, dear, children, however, have a natural bias against any food in the aforementioned “green” category.  Therefore, Brussel Spouts are introduced on a minimal basis and the smaller members of this family are required to eat only the barest of portions.

However, the barest of portions can still become the largest of dramas at the dinner table.  The gagging.  The crying.  The whimpering.  The smushing, spreading, ‘accidentally’ dropping and spitting back out of the ‘green’ things could be an Olympic sport.


This past week, my sweet Jonah, after being ever so gently reminded (yes, on this occasion it was gentle) that he should probably consider eating his minute portion of Brussel Spout WITH something else on his plate, proceeded to eat everything on his plate EXCEPT the said, green, brussel spout.  Therefore, dear son was required to eat it all by its lonesome little self.

I braced myself.  Mentally.  Physically.  I was prepared for the trauma. 

When suddenly.


He popped that entire brussel sprout into his mouth.  Promptly — and with none of the customary gagging or slurping of large quantities of milk — chewed it up, swallowed it down, and laughed at the stunned expression on my face.

And if that wasn’t enough, he asked for seconds…and thirds.  OF THE GREEN THINGS!!!

And then his sister, who loves all things Jonah, followed suit and starting popping brussel spouts. 

Bloggy friends, THERE WERE NO BRUSSEL SPROUTS LEFT OVER!  And he asked for them again the next day!

Who are you and what have you done with my children?!?

I have no idea what happened, but I am choosing not to question it.


About Sarah

I love being wife to my sweetie, mama and teacher to my three wonderful children, and friend to people near and far. I love to express myself through words. I blog to connect with others and so that someday, hopefully, my kiddos will understand who their mama was...way back when.
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10 Responses to Brussel Sprout Popping Fools…

  1. Holly says:

    I must confess that I, like Jonah and Abby, had an aversion to brussel sprouts. I had never even been forced to eat them as a kid, I just thought they sounded awful. However, while I was home for the holidays, I had my very first brussel sprout! And…I wanted more! 2008…year of the brussel sprout? 🙂

  2. LOL!!! that’s OUT OF CONTROL!

    or… maybe not! maybe that’s him exercising every once of control he can find.


  3. Anonymous says:

    What a delightful story! Jonah must have LOVED the shocked look on Mom’s face! Well – he put a giggle in Grandma’s heart and I love the wonderful example he was for his sister! “Gi’ me 5”, Jonah!!
    ~ love

  4. Mom says:

    Oops, Sarah – that wasn’t from Anonymous, that was from me. Love, Mom

  5. MamaD says:

    Way to go, Jonah!!! All Princesses eat brussel sprouts! Now you’re a princess, ‘m’lady! Tell ‘Nah that he is a better eater than his ‘Papa”!! I don’t know that Papa would even try….. yeah Massachusetts!!!! Great way to start out a Friday morning with a great story about my grandkids to share all day at school!! Right on! Tell Jonah that we found Cabots cheese here …. and you guys were right…. it is great… I have to go buy more tonight before I head home! Love you guys, Mama D!!!1

  6. Jordan says:

    YAY!!!! That’s wonderful! You’re such a great Mama, Sarah!!!

  7. Pawpaw says:

    Not Brussel Sprouts say it isn’t so. whats next cauliflower.
    I need to get out there for a visit, so I can teach them the only thing GREEN thats worth eating is Chilli.

  8. Mama D says:

    Don’t you listen to Papa, Jonah…you just keep eating those Brussel Sprouts & Cauliflower!! Chili = yuck!! Silly Papa!!

    Mama D

  9. Emily Hall says:

    hey Sarah! hilarious blog! I hope you guys are doing well

  10. Sarah says:

    I have loved reading all of your comments on this post! Guess I should write more about brussel spouts. 🙂

    Pawpaw, yes. I definitely think you should make a trip out here…although I don’t know that you’ll convince Jonah to eat green chili.

    Jonah will be glad he made the grandmas happy.
    Holly, Jordan and Emily…great to see your comments on here! Holly, glad you’ve joined the ranks of brussel sprout eaters (I was going to abbreviate brussel sprout there, but realized that wouldn’t sound very good.)

    I really enjoyed having so many responses this time. Keep commenting, people. Keep commenting.

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