(Day 10 Writing Assignment: Be inspired by a favourite childhood meal.)
Rearing children to have good eating habits can be a challenge. Some parents go through great lengths just to get their kids to ingest a few spoonfuls at mealtimes. Although I was a very active child, it wasn’t difficult to pull me out of playtime to sit down and eat. In fact, dining was such a pleasure that is was always the highlight of my day. I have fond memories of being encouraged to finish my meals first among my siblings or ahead of whoever was sitting at the table with me. It was like a race. The victor enthusiastically raises both arms like a true winner while yelling “champion!” To add further excitement, one can be affirmed a title holder if, and only if, the plate was clean of any left over food. I took on this challenge everyday, three times a day. I got to raise my arms almost all the time, and stood up from the table with a deep sense of accomplishment and pride. I didn’t realise then that I would pay a hefty price (in terms of pounds/kilograms) for winning all those contests later in life.As a child, I don’t recall ever having any eating problems. I was never picky with food, and I consumed what was on my plate with gusto and much enthusiasm each and every time. So, it’s difficult to decide on a favourite childhood meal when I enjoyed virtually everything that was served to me. Every meal was a favourite meal after all.