My Kids Ate Salmon and Other Impossibilities
I'm not here to tell you that YOU, TOO, CAN HAVE CHILDREN WHO EAT SALMON. Tired I am; delusional I am not.
You could... even though it's not about the salmon.
I assume things are terrible more times than I'd like to admit. Remember the French fry incident? But the truth is, life can surprise us. Our children - those weirdo monkeys who are wired to make us old - are resilient, even flexible if the stars align, our fingers are crossed, and no one needs to use the bathroom.
Case in point? Dinner last week... a dinner of salmon. I mean, HOW DARE I? My kids have never eaten fish, not even fish sticks. I just don't want to spend the money on something that results in Springer-level drama. But, y'all, Aldi made me do it.
Aldi has been blowing my mind lately with diapers that work, teething crackers that don't cost a million dollars, and frozen salmon. They're so well priced, wild caught, and scream for the grill in these early summer days.
So I bit the bullet. I took the risk. I made a dinner that I knew would leave no tiny humans happy. Screw it. I WANTED FISH FOR DINNER. I coated the filets in a mixture of miso paste, soy sauce, and mirin (earthy, salty, sweet) and grilled them for a couple of minutes on each side. Served with white rice and everyone's choice of vegetable that I already had prepped in the fridge (carrots for the boys, broccoli for Kaz, and a sushi bowl for me, i.e. cucumber, avocado, and sesame seeds), dinner looked lovely but I knew would eventually end up on the floor or in the trash.
EVERY KID AT THE SALMON. WITHOUT COMPLAINING. ANNIE ATE IT THREE DAYS IN A ROW. I'M SORRY I'M YELLING, BUT I FIGURE THE SHEER VOLUME WILL AWAKEN ME FROM THIS SWEET DREAM.
But it happened. My kids surprised me. And now we can eat salmon.
The moral of this slightly weird story is not that your kids can eat salmon but that they might just do something you didn't expect, something that shows how resilient or flexible they can be.
If you, like me, don't always give your kids - or anyone, for that matter - the benefit of the doubt, make a choice this week to go against your instinct just once.
Just once feed them green food.
Just once ask that coworker to lunch who always says no.
Just once try that idea that feels dumb.
Sure, it might go the way you think, but it might not. It might be worth a try.