God Bless Little Debbie
For some reason, since Griffin was a little baby, he refused to try anything chocolate. He didn’t like chocolate cake, frosting, candy, cookies, milk, or anything that even looked chocolate. I don’t really recall what made him not like it but he just refused to eat it. He would eat white chocolate but never the “brown chocolate”. At the grocery store we get sprinkle cookies every time and he will not try chocolate chip cookies even if his life were to depend on it. Recently, his dad got him to try little debbie cakes and he adores them and even says a quick, “God bless Little Debbies” at the end of every prayer he does with his father. Not sure what made him try them but he loves them and thinks they are worthy of a blessing daily. It’s the little things right?
There are two other times that I can recall Griffin trying chocolate. One time was with his Aunt Brenda’s fiance Steve. He had just met Steve that day and was already smitten with him as his new play mate. That night we got some amazing chocolate cake from a local bakery and took it back to their house, not before Griffin broke a table centerpiece at the bakery, but I digress. Griffin wasn’t interested in the chocolate cake until his new friend Steve told him it was amazing. Sure enough, minutes later, Griffin was eating the cake. I was amazed because I had never gotten him to eat chocolate cake.
Another time, we were at his favorite doctor’s office, Dr. Walker, ENT. Dr. Walker is the best children’s doctor of any kind that I have ever met. Each time we go Griffin brings toys to share with him and even goes into his office after and takes a lolly pop. Dr. Walker has this way of getting down on a kid’s level and making each and every one of them feel extra special, so Griffin considers each visit with him a play date even though it’s a doctor’s visit. Yesterday, Griffin insisted on giving Dr. Walker one of his toys and Dr. Walker wanted to trade with him by giving him a chocolate coin. As I held my breath in anticipation assuming Griffin would rudely say, “I don’t like chocolate” like he usually does when offered chocolate, he opened up the chocolate coin and ate it without hesitation. I was in shock. In the car I asked, “Griffin, how come you ate that chocolate?” to which he responded with, “because Dr. Walker is my buddy mommy”.
What I learned from these two instances with Griffin and chocolate is that a child’s trust is a very special thing and once trust is earned, they are willing to try anything. This of course can be dangerous in certain situations, but Griffin’s willingness to trust someone and trust their opinion about something he isn’t used to speaks volumes to me. It reminds me that we need to remember to try new things and trust the people we love and respect even if we have felt otherwise in the past. If we don’t do this, great things, like chocolate, will pass us by! For instance, if we have been hurt in a situation in the past, it doesn’t mean that we will be hurt in that same situation again in the present or in the future, so instead of being scared to trust again, at some point, we need to take the leap of faith and trust that we won’t be hurt again or we will never grow. For Griffin, he realized that just because he didn’t like chocolate before, does not mean he will never like it, especially if someone he truly trusts tells him it will be good. Don’t let the past hold you back from trying new things or even re-trying something you have already tried before and please remember to “God Bless Little Debbie”.