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Nonny Bear Doesn’t Like His Vegetables

Yael Mermelstein

We were all sitting at the kitchen table doing the Monday night dinner thing when my mother picked up on something very interesting. “Nonny,” she said, “since when don’t you eat vegetables?” “Since when?” I said.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

 “Since Bri’as Ha’Olam,” I said. “Since grass grows. Since milk comes from cows. Since…”

“I get the picture,” my mother said. “Strange, I really don’t remember you being so fickle with your vegetables.”

Ahuva passed me the salad bowl. “There must be something in here that you like,” she suggested.

“Nope,” I said. “Not a pepper, not a lettuce, not a cucumber, not a tomato.”

“Tomatoes are actually fruits,” Benny said.

“I want some salad,” Roni said.

My mother looked concerned. “Nonny,” she said, “vegetables are very important for proper growth and nutrition. It worries me that you aren’t eating any.”

I shrugged. What was a vegetable-hating boy to do? My siblings looked at me and everyone looked all worried. I figured they’d be better off stargazing than worrying about how many veggies I was eating. 


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