Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Eating dirt


Addison and I were at the playground today, and for a while we played in the dirt in the shade underneath the slides. We made all sorts of dishes: dirt oatmeal, dirt pies, dirt smoothies, dirt spaghetti. And then we ate it.

Just kidding, I didn't eat dirt. Addison did.

In the last couple of months, we've learned that Addison has a new favorite snack. It's called nature.



Although it makes Addison's Grammy dry heave (she's a notorious germophobe), Lindsay and I don't really have a problem with a little good clean dirt going into Addison's system. Sure, there's always the risk of the hantavirus, or maybe giardia, but then, just living life can be risky, right? We don't want our daughter to live in a bubble. In fact, I'd say that we might even have been mildly inclined to encourage the practice as an immune booster or as a way to really get in touch with the earth. If only Addison seemed like she needed encouragement.

Here's Addison, while on our vacation, licking her "ice cream cone."


Don't be fooled. It's actually a half-decayed pine cone.

And here she is, also on vacation, licking the ground. Nature walks seem like a great activity with a toddler, but we rarely make it very far, because Addison just wants to spend time communing with and consuming her earth mother. She plunges in her face like it's the tastiest thing she's ever encountered.


Yes, that sound at the end is her teeth cracking into pieces as she munches on rocks.

We might as well put dirt on the menu since at least it will fill her belly a little bit, and she rejects 95% of the other food we give her. I actually found her the other day, licking each finger individually after a nice long play in the flower garden. "Mmm," she said, rapturously. "Dirt so yummy."

Dirt so yummy.

12 comments:

  1. "might even have been mildly inclined to encourage the practice as an immune booster"
    --Totally agree. I cheer a little inside when k's binky falls on the ground. As long as A doesn't have pica (I'm not sure how you would even know!), I think it's charming

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    1. I had to look up "Pica." I think we're still safe...but she does also like to rip off pieces of toilet paper and chew them, too. Also, that wikipedia article on Pica is very interesting. Maybe a little disturbing too.

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    2. I thought this post was charming when you first posted it. But after yet another lunch of dirt, I'm the tiniest bit terrified that she does have Pica.

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  2. Embrace the earthy fiber. Makes for good poops.

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    1. There's nothing we like better than good poops around here.

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  3. Just found your blog, and have been reading *avoiding housework* for two hours. Nothing better than a little dirt with a tp chaser.

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    1. You're in good company - sometimes I read my own blog for hours too. I'm not narcissistic. I'll read any kind of crap to avoid housework.

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  4. My son once dropped his pacifier on the floor of Wal-mart. I was putting our merchandise on the conveyor belt so the lady behind me (directly in front of my son) picked it up. I told her to just give it back to him, and she started to, but then hesitated because you know if fell on the floor of WAL-MART, and not just any old floor-like at home. I'm pretty sure I just gave it to him once she handed it to me. He'll be 4.5 soon and has suffered no developmental issues as a result.
    -Jackie

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    1. Yes, but for how many years has he been 4.5?

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    2. Lol. He'll get there just once, sadly I can't make him stay that age.
      -Jackie

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  5. As long as it's not dog poop. I draw the with dog poop! Unfortunately, not before my oldest daughter ate some ...

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