Monday, July 26, 2010

A Blueberry Trick Gone Awry

Henry and the girls love blueberries. The other day I gave them all a handful with their snack. Then a second handful. And then a third.

I'm all for the kids getting plenty of food - and blueberries are as good as anything. But there's a point where I fear that their bodies just can't tolerate the quantity. So I started doling out blueberries one by one.

Instead just handing them out, I decided to do the old "coin trick" where I palm a blueberry and then find it behind the kids' ear. The girls tolerated my tomfoolery for the purpose of getting more blueberries. Henry, on the other hand, was thrilled to learn that his head was full of blueberries and that they can be plucked endlessly from his ear.

Thrilled, that is, until they stopped coming.

He tried to get them.

And tried.

And tried.

It's sad. More funny than sad, of course. But I still feel sorry for him. Tonight I saw him pulling at his ear after we put him to bed. In a way, I feel like I violated his trust. But he is two. It's probably time he learns that his head isn't full of blueberries.