Happy New Year!
It’s Lunar New Year’s Eve, and we’re having some traditional foods to celebrate. Over the years, I pick up what I can, when I can find it, when I can remember to (I have a terrible habit of waiting until, literally, the last day). When I haven’t remembered to buy something, the kids haven’t been able to try it, and over the years, have forgotten what it tastes like. So I always approach it every year thinking, “Have they tasted this yet? Did they like it? Will they like it? (Will I still like it?)”.
This year, I picked up a traditional banh chung, some candied coconut, candied fruits and egg roll cookies (this last one just because we like them, but it’s not especially a new year’s item). I casually put it all on a tray and just let the kids try what they wanted, when they were ready.
“Oh, I remember this. I like it.” Phew! She liked it. She really did. And later on, she urged another family member to try it, stating, “It’s really good.”
Later, The Boy picked up a round, bright orange, cellophane-wrapped item. “What’s this?” I told him it was a candied kumquat, similar to an orange. Unhesitatingly, he asked me to unwrap it for him. I was busy putting away the day’s newspaper, but about thirty seconds later, I turned to see his scrunched up, puckered face. He declared ever so politely, “I don’t think I’m too fond of kumquats.” 🙂
Well, they tried something new or new-ish to them, and while I can’t win them over all the time, I’m still proud of them for trying and then being polite about it.
It’s a good start to a new year.