Well, a vegetable lover son #2 is not, but after half a year and more than 65 new recipes I can say that while he used to eat like a trucker, he now eats like a trucker trying not to offend the cook. That’s progress!
As for myself, this blog has taught me a few things:
– I’ve learned that cooking and writing both get better with regular practice.
– I’ve learned that Son #2 is not the only one who loves his carbs. I have never had so many people read my blog as the day I posted the recipe for Bannock. Bannock is most decidedly not a vegetable!
– I’ve learned that it’s true that kids need to be exposed to a new vegetable at least half a dozen times. At the beginning neither boy ate kale. Now Son #1 loves it and I don’t need to hide in potato cakes. He’ll even eat it steamed.
– I’ve learned that I need to take a copy-editing course. Well, it’s either that or I need to go to a psychotherapist to rid me of my dependence on the hyphen.
– I’ve learned that every time I think “I’ve got this parenting thing!” something happens to knock me down to my knees, but that’s how I think it should be.
– I’ve learned that my husband will eat anything.
– I’ve learned that I am a selfish blogger. I didn’t follow people’s blogs who followed mine. I didn’t follow proper etiquette when my two very generous bloggers nominated me for awards. I didn’t respond to companies who wanted to pay me to review their “veggie” products. I’m waiting for karma to get me later.
Most of all, however, I’ve learned that you can’t ignore grief. That it has no agenda. That it simply is.
I started this blog immediately following a complicated miscarriage that left me with having to quit my job and with only a partially functioning liver. This blog and it’s razor sharp focus on the boys that I do have and not the imaginary ghost baby that circled me for a time, helped heal me. To those of you who have read my parenting stories and especially to those of you who commented on my stories- thank you so very much.
And finally, just in case it’s the internet that grants us our wishes- may our boys live a mother-loving long time and may most of their days be happy. Also, if it’s not too much to ask may I one day beat my husband’s high score on Bejeweled and may he continue to love me despite this.
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful 2013!
– Mom on a veggie mission