Some of Meggie’s favorite foods were apples, ice cream, and chicken noodle soup. But she didn’t like most vegetables. She ate carrots and she liked potato chips (which she considered a vegetable). But that was all.
Her mother tried to get her to eat peas, but Meggie hid them in her mashed potatoes. This wasn’t such a good idea because she would sometimes eat mashed potatoes and then she’d accidentally eat some of the peas.
One summer Meggie’s family went to a farmer’s market where there were lots of colorful flowers and produce, including vegetables. Her parents bought some sweet corn (something she really liked) and as they walked around she saw a basket of cucumbers. The person at the booth let her take a slice of one to try. When she bit into it she had a surprise – she liked it! It made her think she might try other vegetables, which she did. But she still doesn’t like peas.
In the summer Meggie and her family used to drive to an outdoor ice cream stand in Lexington, and she always asked for a cone. She would get a single scoop of frozen-solid ice cream on a spindly cake cone. But when she took one lick the ice cream fell off the cone and landed on the gravel driveway! Meggie promptly burst into tears. Her mother said, “I’ll get a spoon and you can have some of my pistachio ice cream,” but she just didn’t like the flavor and refused to eat any. Since this solution didn’t work Meggie ended up with another little scoop – in a cup this time – with some caramel topping. And happily ice cream is still one of her favorite treats.