I am fast coming to the conclusion that my youngest son has a special relationship with food. A special relationship akin to the one the UK has with the US, whereby the US says jump, bend over, take it any which way but loose and we say dash it all old bean, you’re rather rough but we like it.
Tom has always had a good appetite. He eats well and he’s a solid, sturdy little boy. Not a bruiser, not a Fatty Arbuckle. Just solid.
But this isn’t where the special relationship lies.
It lies somewhere in the part of his brain that deals with vocabulary. In particular with the naming of things.
Let me explain by way of an example.
Whilst recently playing on Lego Batman Tom very excitedly jumped up and down and said he was fighting the melons. This caused puzzled looks and consternation all round. Melons? There are no melons in the game (even if you include Catwoman). What on earth was he on about?
Eventually we worked out that what he meant was ‘villains’. He was fighting the villains.
Melons = villains.
Since then we have clocked up other nouns that he has transposed with food items.
Onions = aliens.
Garlic = Darlek.
Ginger = Ninja.
I’m sure any child psychologist reading this will deduce that my boy is obsessed with food, sci-fi, Lego Ninjago and fighting crime. And not necessarily in that order.
Is this normal? Is it?
Or am I just waffling on about nothing? Exaggerating a mere trifle? Being both a bit of a pudding and a silly sausage?
Answers on the back of a menu to the normal address please.