Taste Buds Do Change

Taste Buds Do Change

I vividly recall perhaps the most annoying thing my father would do when I was a child.  If there was some food I refused to eat, claiming I didn’t like it, he always would respond by saying, “When is the last time you tried it?  Maybe your taste buds have changed.”  If he wasn’t a lot bigger and stronger than me, I would have gladly smacked him every time he said that.

Well, I hate to admit it, but the old man was right.  Many edibles I now consider delicious delicacies were things to which I turned my nose up as a kid.

Consequently, I am concerned when parents take the food preferences of their little ones
as carved in stone.  I see that they refrain from placing sweet potato casserole, chopped liver, pumpkin pie, and other traditional dishes on the holiday table explaining, “My child doesn’t like that.”  While I certainly do not recommend forcing or even pushing a child to eat anything, I do not think it is a good idea to take away a child’s opportunity to change his opinion.

I have to say that my father’s remarks were futile as they only made me dig my heels in firmer.  But as the years went by, I could no longer contain my curiosity as I saw others indulging with great delight in the items I deemed disgusting.  And when I eventually was self-compelled to take a cautious bite, I was then too busy gorging myself to notice the triumphant smile on Dad’s face.