A vacation dinner conversation.
Me: “What do you think you’re gonna have?”
Hubby: “I’m not sure, I’m between the salmon or the chicken”
Hubby: “Yeah why?”
Me: “I don’t know… I guess cause I read the whole menu, and I was pretty sure you’d decide on the pork”
Hubby: “The pork, really?
Me: “Yeah, they have a shredded Mayan pork”
Hubby: “I like that?”
Me: “Well, you love pulled pork, don’t you?”
Hubby: “Yeah, I guess so”
Me: “Then why wouldn’t you like this pork?”
Hubby: “Uhm… I don’t know…”
Hubby: “This is one of the best dinners I’ve had”
Me: “I figured you’d like it”
Hubby: “I guess I forgot that I liked pork”
Me: “Why do I know what you eat better than you do?”
Hubby: “I have no idea.. but thanks!”
I’ve mentioned that hubby has come a long way with regard to expanding his food choices beyond hamburgers, pizza and pasta but I think sometimes, even years later, he forgets that his new repertoire is rather large. And, he definitely has trouble translating the fact that he enjoys a particular taste to trying a new food item.
Hubby has many idiosyncrasies when it comes to food (which I’ll have to explore in other posts). But, I think he’s finally settled into a happy place and he’s open to trying almost all new things.
Although there was that one Ginger Incident that I think has irreparably damaged him.
One of my happiest days was convincing hubby to try sushi. In my eyes, this was a huge accomplishment because when I first met hubby he “didn’t eat seafood”. Not just a couple of items, this was a proud declaration he made that any and all seafood items were disgusting. So, little by little I introduced him to light, white flaky fishes.. “oh, these are pretty good”. Then we moved to steak like fishes “wow, these are really good”. So, I felt pretty excited to start a slow sushi introduction… and, all was going well until the ginger.
Hubby: “What’s this pink stuff?’
Me: “It’s actually ginger”
Hubby: “What do you do with it?”
Me: “Well, I actually don’t like it, but a lot of people love it. Some people put it on their sushi, other people just eat pieces of it. It’s used as a palate cleanser and it’s supposed to aid with digestion.”
Hubby: “Will I like it?”
Me: “I have no idea.. you should just try it. I personally think it’s gross, but like I said, many people love it”
Hubby: “You don’t like it.. but I should try it??”
Me: “Yes, you should try it”
Hubby: (pops a piece into his mouth …… gagging, spitting, choking sounds…). “What the Hell? Why did you make me eat that?”
Me: (giggling) “I told you I thought it was gross”
Hubby: “But you didn’t tell me it would be the worst thing I ever put into my mouth”
Me: “Honey, how would you know if you didn’t like something if you never tried it? Now you know, and you never have to eat it again”
Hubby: “Yeah but, I’m not sure if I can ever trust you again”
What’s the takeaway from this ?? Well, every single time after the Ginger Incident that I’ve suggested that hubby try something new I get… “Is this gonna be anything like that ginger, cause if it is, I’m gonna hate you……”
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