Our friends Danette and Wes were brave last night and invited us into their home for dinner.
Or maybe we were the brave ones because we went with open minds and hungry stomachs ready to try some foods unique to Taiwan where they lived as missionaries for many years.
No, they were the brave ones because they don't HAVE to dine with toddlers, but chose to anyway!
Danette also works in our office for MiMi and she has been teaching Kirstyn how to write her numbers in Chinese and has been telling her stories about life in the east. One of the facts that Kirstyn was fascinated by was the fact that over there, "they eat with sticks... not forks or spoons, just sticks." So, several weeks ago, Danette promised Kirstyn a lesson in eating with sticks and Kirstyn couldn't wait!
(We haven't even ever taken Kirstyn to a Chinese restaurant because of her egg allergy...too many of the dishes contain egg so this was a first for her!)
Danette introduced the chopsticks lesson with a Cheerios appetizer. I was impressed by that idea and she shared that is actually the way she learned too. I guess it is always smart to introduce a new concept along with something familiar.
The Cheerios did not stand a chance against James. He just needed one chopstick because he treated it like a spear.
Kirstyn on the other hand, concentrated very hard at learning this new concept. And when it came time for dinner, Kirstyn tried everything and she ate her entire dinner with the chopsticks.
I also learned that I do like tofu the way Danette fixed it. I had almost decided that was a food I might never learn to like, but I am glad to say that I was wrong. Danette said she will write down some of the recipes we tried for me and I will share with you soon!
So thank you Danette and Wes for having us into your home and for teaching us how to "eat with sticks, not forks or spoons, just sticks." We had a great time!