I find myself wondering if there is such a thing as too many bananas. Rocket is developing a banana obsession. Every morning she stands at the gate to the kitchen saying “Nan-a, nan-a!” while making the banana peeling finger motion that is the ASL sign for banana. If I produce anything other then a banana for breakfast, she looks at me like I’m a simpleton and mutters “Nana! Nana, nana, nana!” while signing, over and over.
|We could have this many bananas|
in the house, and she’d probably still
try and eat them all.
I sit with her and help her eat her banana. She devours it in under two minutes and then starts grabbing for the peel. She will attack me in an attempt to get at the peel. When I take it away and try and head for the trash, she yells after me for more NANA! I show her it’s empty. I tell her it’s Yucky. Garbage. She refuses to get the concept. Each day we have a banana-peel tug fest.
This morning she scored one banana from me, and then while I was busy taking a shower she convinced her Dad I hadn’t feed her and scored a second one. On our weekly grocery trip last Sunday I bought enough bananas to outfit a troop of monkeys. Yet, here it is only Friday and we are out. The problem with this is Rocket does not understand, “They are gone. We are out. Yes, we have no bananas.” She just doesn’t get it. All she knows is that she is asking for a banana and obviously I understand her, as I repeat the word back to her, yet I don’t produce one. She desperately signs and mutters over and over and melts into a little puddle of baby tears.
|I worry that I might be raising a monkey.|
What do you guys think? Does your kid have a food they obsess over? How many bananas is too many? At what point is it worth fighting over?