I have also noticed that when I set said plate or bowl in front of said children, I will often do so with a demonstration accompanied by instructions like these: "Use the spoon to scoop the mashed potatoes. Use the fork to poke your meat."
Yesterday afternoon Sooby and Pooh decided they wanted a bowl of blueberries. Correction: Each one wanted his or her own bowl of blueberries. My little ceramic porcupine with toothpicks for quills sat close by, so I handed each child a toothpick. After a couple days with the kids, I am in the mood for eating utensils that are disposable.
In my best Food Network style, I put down the berry bowls and launched into instruction mode. Four easy steps (or so I thought):
- Hold the toothpick like a pencil.
- Poke the middle of the blueberry.
- Eat the blueberry off the toothpick.
- Repeat Steps 1-3 until all the blueberries are gone.
- Hold the toothpick in your fist.
- Poke your brother or sister, simultaneously if possible.
- Eat your sibling's blueberries whenever possible.
- Lay the toothpick down, and squeeze the blueberries with your thumb.
- Run your thumb through your hair.
- For a change of pace, gobble the blueberries from the bowl like a doggie.
- When you tire of barking and panting, use your toothpicks to hit a blueberry back and forth on the table.
- If (no, when) the berry falls off the table, step on it. For maximum effect, wait until several berries have hit the floor, and then step on them all.
- Eat the squashed blueberries off your foot.
- Give Googie a blueberry kiss. Then, she will not look so mad.