Peek’oo beans

My 18 month old daughter, Audrey, loves beans.  Black, pinto, kidney, great northern, whichever, she likes them.  Refried, in chili, as a side dish, however, she likes them. 

Green beans, though, not so much.  Wax beans, either.  Not canned, not fresh, not frozen, no matter how I prepare them, she won’t eat them.

Last night, at dinner, in an attempt to persuade her to eat her green beans, I decided to show her that they are really “her” kind of beans, only cloaked.  I gently opened a green bean, showing her the tiny seeds inside.  She eyed them with suspicion, then dexterously plucked the beans from their case and ate them approvingly.  We did a few more like that, but she still wouldn’t eat the whole thing.  Sighing, I returned to my dinner.

Then, I hear a little voice, in an asking tone, “Peek’oo bean!  Peek’oo bean!”

Holy cow.  “Peek’oo” is her contraction for “peek-a-boo.”  You know, the universal baby game where something hides from view, and then, upon revelation, “Peek-a-boo!” is cried.

Audrey had christened green beans — their inner beans, that is, the seeds — as “peek’oo” beans.

I thought that was hilarious, and quite clever and endearing.  Somewhat annoying, too, as she got more and more demanding for my husband and I to shuck those green beans in favor of the “real” beans hidden inside.

But I got her to eat those green beans, finally.  Sort of.


About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on October 26, 2007, in Cooking/Baking/Food/Recipes, Funny Stuff, The Kids. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. That is cute and funny. Princess A stays far from beans as they bring about a nasty allergic reaction. Prince Z loves beans, especially baked. 🙂

  2. I love it! She’s adorable. 🙂

  3. 🙂 Thank you all for confirming what I already know — she’s adorable and funny!!! 😀

  4. oh, that’s precious. Smart cookie, that one!

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