Is it just me or have the rest of you noticed how things anymore are bigger and bolder and better than EVER!!! Even our food……..snack foods in particular………..have MORE flavor and MORE spice and MORE color. Even Aaron’s favorite Hot Tamales now have FIERCE cinnamon flavor! WOW!!!! MORE of everything!!!!! It’s just AMAZING!!!!!!!
This amazingness has not escaped Aaron. Of course it hasn’t. Nothing escapes Aaron………..well, except for normal social protocols, but that’s not the point here. Aaron notices colors and tastes and textures and labels. Definitely labels……although at times he does get the wording a little confused.
Such was the case last night. We were playing Skip-Bo and he was eating his favorite Multi-Grain Sour Cream and Onion Pringles. Now Aaron usually eats his Pringles with gusto, cramming and chomping with ease. Of course, he had his usual two bowls…………..one full of the Multi-Grain Sour Cream and Onion Pringles and one empty bowl…………..soon to be filled with the Multi-Grain Sour Cream and Onion Pringles crumbs. As I’ve written before, snack crumbs cannot go into the original bowl that holds the actual snack. I have quit trying to fight this issue, change this issue, or explain this issue. I am just thankful for my dishwasher, which is usually full of bowls.
Moving on…………last night I noticed that Aaron was not eating his Multi-Grain Sour Cream and Onion Pringles with gusto. He was picking each one up, examining it closely, and then slowly taking small bites of each chip. He would then chew slowly, thoughtfully………………..and quickly swallow. He finally said, “Mom, have you seen the black dots on these chips? What are those dots?” I explained to him that the dots were just some of the spices.
He continued to eat in this methodical, slow fashion. So I asked him if something was wrong. He answered, “Well, these sour cream and onion chips are Multi-Blasting. Does that mean they’re strong?”
I laughed loudly…………very loudly………while Aaron just continued to examine a Multi-Blasting chip and then chew slowly. This made me laugh even louder, which really did go along with the atmosphere created by these MULTI-BLASTING chips.
Oh my goodness! I told Aaron that the container said these favorite chips of his are Multi-Grain and are BURSTING with flavor. They are not Multi-BLASTING chips. Aaron seemed relieved to hear this bit of news about his favorite Multi-Grain Sour Cream and Onion Pringles. He then ate with more freedom………..as if he needed more freedom to eat…………but at least he wasn’t worried about the Multi-BLASTING chips and what effect that might have on his mouth.
Notice that this concern over Multi-Blasting did not prevent Aaron from eating. He just ate slower and with less cramming and less noise that this cramming often produces.
Now I am seriously considering having some signs made for our kitchen. Something concerning BLASTING food…………..eat slowly and with caution………….and very quietly.