While my children can be a bit picky when it comes to supper time, they are generally very good eaters. I never have to worry about whether they are eating enough calories or nutrients because they eat a variety of foods every day, even if they do sometimes object to my attempts to add creativity to our evening fare.
In fact, both of my children do not like to go long between meals.
They get a little worried if they sense that too much time has passed since their last “snack.” (Also, for Captain Bravo, food is infinitely more appealing if it is called a “snack.” In his words: “No supper – snack.”)
When the boys get up in the morning, they usually eat breakfast right away. After we do the morning drop offs and return home, Captain Bravo will usually want something else to eat. I refer to it as his ‘second breakfast.’
Which, of course, reminds me of hobbits.
This got me wondering what else my children have in common with these friendly inhabitants of Middle Earth. I decided to do a wee bit of research.
After a few minutes of intense Google-based searching, I discovered that while there are certainly key differences (hobbits, for example, apparently enjoy smoking tobacco out of clay pipes – a habit I would really rather my boys never acquire,) there were some striking similarities:
|Prefer to eat up to 6 times a day|
By my count – including breakfast (and second breakfast,) lunch, supper, and snacks – my sons eat up to 7 times per day.
|Are known for having big feet|
|Prefer simple food such as meat, bread, potatoes and cake|
I have documented my children’s aversion to casseroles and any foods that are mixed together. Also, did someone say cake? As long as there is frosting, the Captains will eat cake.
|Are skilled at throwing stones|
They are unable to pass by a body of water – or even large puddle – without tossing rocks. Captain Bravo has an arm built for throwing balls of any kind – including, we have recently discovered – snow balls.
|Have the ability to disappear quickly and quietly|
When out and about, it is operation: All Eyes on Bravo – who is stealthy and cunning in his quickness. Now that his days of riding in a stroller – and recently because his big feet make it impossible for him to fit in most shopping cart seats – he is now officially a walker. We are always on alert – he’s fast.
|Have a love of laughter, games and celebrations|
My Captains have that in spades. They are two of the happiest, most truly playful people I know. They help me to find that little bit of extra joy in every day.
If I were a hobbit mom, I still couldn’t be any prouder.