34 thoughts on “The Picky One

  1. If you have a reputation to maintain as The Picky One – you must maintain it at all cost. And by the way, I’m sorry that your mother dressed you all alike on holidays. Mine too….

  2. I love sweet potato casserole! It’s my “assigned” dish every year, and I have been strictly instructed to make half marshmallow covered and half marshmallow free. Why anyone would prefer it without marshmallows, I’ll never understand!

  3. That is hysterical. You could have put my own sisters names over top of the heads on this one. My little sister still makes the sweet potatoes with marshmallows every year, although she has progressed to eating other things now. Thank goodness we didn’t have to dress alike.

  4. This couldn’t be more fitting, as we are currently spiraling towards picky child disaster mode. Found out this morning that she detests waffles, but in a surprising twist, our cat loves them. At least he was happy to clean up her mess!

  5. It’s so nice that even she is so picky eater her siblings still appreciate and value her. That is one of the most valuable things in this world.

  6. This is so funny, not to mention beautiful – and educational on top: never heard of a dish with sweet potatoes + marshmallows before! I guess I might be picky on that, too, whereas usually I agree with one of my co-commentors declaring myself to be the greedy one!

  7. This is the funniest post ever!! Was I really that bad to dress you guys up all alike for thanksgiving:) At least you didn’t tell everyone about the instant mashed potatoes, lol

  8. This is really adorable, and extra funny to me, because I am a plate-piling unpicky eater, but the one thing I never have liked is sweet potato surprise!!

  9. I have a (second-hand) “greedy one” story to share. A friend from high school told me about this, years ago. She was about eight years old, and she was at Thanksgiving dinner with her extended family, and she took way too much food (eyes bigger than her stomach type scenario). When this became apparent, her grandmother offered her ten dollars if she could finish her plate. My friend, whose personality was similar to Chrissy’s, didn’t want to back out of a bet, and also, ten dollars was a lot of money for a kid in 1993 or so. So, she ate as much as she could, but in between bites, she’d surreptitiously drop some food on the floor, for the dog to eat. The adults were none the wiser (or maybe they just looked the other way, because this at least resulted in less food waste than simply throwing away all the leftovers), and she got her ten dollars.

  10. Also, in my family, holiday meals were one time that my parents let “perfect nutrition” slide, So, if my brother and I didn’t want to eat vegetables, we didn’t have to, or if we wanted both kinds of pie for dessert, that was fine too. So, while I know we had a few “picky eater stand-offs” (some legitimate, like the time my parents tried, probably unsuccessfully, to force me to eat canned macaroni and cheese, and of course, the epic Quinoa Meatloaf Incident of 1990, where even the dog wouldn’t touch it), it never happened on holidays.

  11. Another thing–I’m kind of a “picky eater” now, because I’m vegan, and also, because I care about my health. So, at holiday meals, I always forgo the meat (obviously), I take small amounts of the starchy stuff, and I fill up on vegetables. One serving of dessert is okay, but I don’t go overboard, because I don’t want to be sick. My friend’s “ten dollars” story is a pretty good cautionary tale……she didn’t spare any details of how she felt afterwards, even with the dog “helping” her.

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