Food Groups

Seems like food is the center of lots of family stuff…even some of our issues. Here’s some food related things Dad says:

“You should eat it, it tastes just like candy.” Doesn’t matter what it is, if you balk at eating it, Dad will say this.

“You should eat it, it will grow hair on your feet.” This makes eating something either fun or disgusting enough to want to eat it just to see if hair sprouts.

“You are full of prunes.” You can be really upset about something and acting unreasonable and this said is supposed to make you want to straighten up. If said by Dad and behavior doesn’t improve, Dad usually escalated…never good!

“Don’t talk like a banana.” Bananas apparently talk stupid are are dopey. It’s never good to be compared to a banana.

“Eat everything on your plate, you want to belong to the clean plate club don’t you?”
Everyone is encouraged and expected to eat everything on their plate.

“It’s tender as a mother-in-law’s heart.” If meat is especially tender.

“I got up at 5 a.m. to bake those pies.” It’s about appreciating the effort.

“You don’t have to call me twice for dinner. “ Said when called to dinner whether true or not.

“I’ll eat what you eat.” Apparently Grandpa Jake was known for not wanting to make a decision in a restaurant so always said this. When Dad says this it usually means he is agreeable to eating whatever.

“Whatever it is, it’s gonna be good.” Grandpa McClellan said this to Dad once when he asked him what was for lunch back at the farmhouse. Dad is easy to please too.

“This is an old family recipe that’s been handed down from family to family-we got it from the family next door!”

Q “Are you going to eat the whole sweet potato?”
A “Yes I yam.”

“Chew it up a thousand times.” This was meant to slow fast eaters down.

“That’s a hunger burp.” This is what Dad calls a certain kind of belch.

“Dinnertime is the best hour of the day.” Slowing down, enjoying time together, NOT arguing or picking on each other –this said is meant to remind us to appreciate the opportunity.

“I don’t need an engraved invitation.” This can either work as acknowlegement of needing to not be so important as to require an invitation but also to make it known you are aware of the impending call to the table.


About Robin Arnold

Reader, writer, gardener, geek, maker of homes in several states, now settled in Virginia with husband Bob, and Hazel and Wilson the tabby cats.
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