Spoon-Feeding: Our Next Adventure

Will Mason’s Superman cape give him super powers when it comes to learning how to feed himself with a spoon?

When I picked Mason up from school the other day his teacher told me that he and the other kids in his class will learn how to feed themselves with spoons in January. “That’s so exciting!” I gushed, but in my head I was thinking, Really? So soon?! We only just mastered self bottle-feeding! Of course I’m looking forward to this new milestone but I’m a little nervous, too. Mason is such a messy eater already — sometimes it seems like more food gets on his clothes, hair, and face than in his mouth — I can’t imagine how much more messy he’ll be when we throw a spoon in the mix. (As you can see from the photo in yesterday’s post, Bug loves to play with his spoon while he eats but he’s never actually fed himself with it.) So I had to laugh when I arrived at work this morning and saw that my coworker Jessie had left a copy of “Too Soon” by Shel Silverstein on my desk. The poem is part of a series of unpublished poems and illustrations in the late, great author’s new book Everything On It, and it perfectly articulates how I envision our first few spoon-feeding sessions to be like:

Too Soon

You’ve spilt your milk
And dumped the mashed
Potatoes in your chair.
There’s tapioca in your nose
And broccoli in your hair.
Your applesauce is on the wall
And nothin’s on your spoon.
I think perhaps we let you
Try to feed yourself too soon.

Hope you get a little chuckle from it too!

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