Kale, Part II

Because I am usually working over the dinner hour on Mondays, Big Man is in charge of the show.  Last week was a bit crazy because Thing 1 had to be schlepped from here to there with only minutes in between so, sadly, she had to eat en route. In cases like this, we pack sandwiches or decent leftovers that can be eaten out of a thermos.  I didn't really know what Big Man might do and I didn't care.

When I picked Thing 1 up after my shift, she was not feeling well. She had been dancing and singing and was feeling a little off. 

"What's the matter? Didn't you eat?" I asked.

"Umm....yeah.  I had a banana and two bites of kale."

"What?" I asked.

"Yeah, daddy made his kale and beans in that cheese sauce and stuck it in a thermos. I kind of like it, but I had to dance and the last time you ate it, well, you remember what happened....."

Disclaimer 1. We like kale in our house. We've tried different things with it. And there is one recipe that we've made that is full of beans and cheese. However, it's not exactly something that makes you want to dance unless it's straight to the loo.

"Uh..so about that creamy rich kale dish, perfect for the pre-dance work-out?" I ventured two seconds after we got home.  Subtlety has never been my strong suit.

Big Man just shrugged.  He was using vegetables from our garden, being resourceful with what was on hand, providing a well-rounded meal with the super food that is kale....yadda, yadda, yadda.  No mention was made of the cheese, cream and beans involved OR their affects on a dancing digestive tract.  

Disclaimer 2.  I love Big Man.  

Disclaimer 3.  I love all Wilfahrt men. 

BUT(you knew there would be a but), they can be a stubborn bunch. So,  let's just say that admissions of one's failures aren't easily forthcoming. Whether this is attributed to being simply male, or being male AND a Wilfahrt, I don't know. What I have learned over the years is the best I can hope for in situations like this is simple self-awareness that will prevent a repeat performance of the original transgression.

Sadly, I am not sure I will ever get to see if this happens because the one who seems to have learned the most from this is Thing 1. While broadening her sense of independence (and self-preservation), she has decided to leave nothing to chance by cutting out the dicey middle Big Man. She requested that we have sandwich makings on hand in order to prepare her own dinner in the next few weeks.  

I like a girl who solves her own problems just as much as I like a man who admits to his failures.

So far, it's one and one. I'll keep you posted.

1 comment:

  1. Gotta love a girl who figures out how to take care of herself!


Now it's your turn...what do YOU think? Leave a comment to join the discussion!