Whiteboard Wednesday: The Taste Bud Edition

BBQ SnowWe’re eating dinner, which consists of sausages baked in the oven because our barbecue is buried under snow.

These aren’t the usual sausages we cook, the ones that come wrapped tightly in industrial plastic from a supermarket the size of Saskatchewan. These are from-a-butcher sausages, which means they have flavour.

William inhales his ketchup with a side of sausages. The sugary, red sauce coats the meat, and he doesn’t notice whether or not the sausages taste like goat, caviar, or polymers. Let’s face it, the Ketchup Strategy is how I got through dinners of roast beef as a child, when I wasn’t trying to wad up pieces of dead cow in my napkin before one of my siblings ratted me out.

Vivian, however, doesn’t like ketchup, and her tongue is on fire from the sausages that contain an exotic spice called “pepper.” She drinks three glasses of milk.

I explain something about her taste buds being more sensitive because she hasn’t burnt them off yet.

This remark is the catalyst that directs dinner conversation to the direction it always seems to go: to facts from Weird But True books.

“Mom,” she says, “do you know women have more taste buds than men?”

I shake my head, my husband raises his eyebrows, William helps himself to more ketchup.

“I didn’t know that,” I say. For once, I refrain from adding a sassy remark about my taste buds being more discerning than my husband’s. I have the foresight to know he’ll add something about my taste buds being less efficient than his. Maybe I am learning something; at least I’m realizing I can conduct full conversations in my head where I play both my part and my husband’s.

Vivian takes another bite of sausage and chews. Hey eyes grow. “It’s burning my tongue. I can’t stop it! Help me!”

Her tongue is dangling outside her mouth like our pet dog’s, if we had a pet dog.

But we don’t.

So I said:

WW-cut off your tongue

Oops. That wasn’t my inside-my-head voice.

Time to add to the therapy fund.


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  1. says

    Sausage used to be the only way to get my older son to eat meat (there is still no way to get the younger one to do so). Which is interesting because it was a spinach sausage so it was also the only way to get him to eat spinach. I guess together they are better than separately? I don’t know because I’m a vegetarian…which might explain the problem in the first place, who knows…

  2. says

    I feel for you as I have a William too
    and I also think I might have said this once or twice :)
    brilliant blog , keep up the good work xx
    If you smile through it its more fun, and you know we wouldn’t have it anyother way :)

  3. Heather says

    Thanks for the laugh, Leanna. I have to say I have two Williams here and grow up with one, My younger brother use to eat ketchup sandwich and my mom use to say we should invest in ketchup stock. (thankfully he doesn’t eat them anymore.)
    I know I’ve said things I should not of said to my kids so fare they’re ok.

  4. says

    Did she want her tongue cut off or not? Don’t leave us hanging like that! Seriously funny! My son drowns his food in ketchup too. We don’t mind too much as long as it cuts down on the amount of cajoling we have to do to get him to eat his dinner!

  5. says

    You are too funny! ..”things I thought I would never say to my kids” is that all part of the Lick the Mini Van book? If so, I want it. No need for the therapy fund…just keep writing.

  6. says

    Check out today’s blog post if you have time, Leanne.
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  7. says

    I say those things to my kids all the time. Your hand hurts, lets chop it off so it won’t hurt anymore. Or well cut something else off, divert the pain. They never take me up on it though… Wonder why?
    Love the paragraph about taste buds, I tend to shoot off without thinking though.

  8. says

    Oh my Leanne! I laughed so hard when I read that. Especially the “Do you want me to cut off your tongue?” bit! I have been in Vivian’s place more times than I could count and a lot of friends have said various versions of those words to me too :) So don’t worry about adding to the therapy fund for this!

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