Some more, please: Goodbye, ice-cream

2011-12-05 11:51

How, I wondered, did The Toddler even know what ice-cream is? How is it that she keeps asking for it?

It turns out that an ill-fated trip to the park with her father is why she not only knows what it is, but has rapidly developed a taste for it.

Rule number one – never buy the stuff, then she can’t eat the stuff. Right? Right.

But I decided to take the problem one step further. If she wants it, we make it.

With a little help from my friend – the one who gave me the tip about getting the veggies down you might remember from a few months back – I got stuck into ice-cream making.

A couple of spoonfuls of natural yogurt, two big dessert spoons of frozen berries, a whizz with the magic hand held mixer and, hey presto, homemade ice-cream.

The Toddler watched me do all this, bemused and confused. I gave it to her – she took one spoonful, made a face (the one you make when you get a mouthful of something really nasty) and burst into tears.

Aha, thought I, I have cured her of the ice-cream problem. And I had – for a while.

Every time she asked for it, I’d go to the fridge, take out the yogurt and the berries … At which point she’d disappear clutching an apple or calling for a glass of milk

However, while I was metaphorically patting myself on the back, her father was blissfully ignorantly reversing the effects of the ice-cream cure.

When asked, he didn’t try and fob her off with dolled up yogurt – he took her to the Italian deli up the road and bought her a giant cone of homemade ice-cream.

Once I had finished stamping my feet in frustration I decided perhaps he was right – an occasional good quality ice-cream from the deli isn’t the end of the world and so long as I resist putting it in the trolley it won’t become a regular thing.

Though this means that I can’t eat ice-cream either – which really, really sucks.

The sacrifices of motherhood really are much farther reaching than I could ever have imagined.

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