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Children, picky and bold eaters

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Hi, all!

The United States wore some powerful messages on their warm-up jackets ahead of their friendly against Wales, the team’s first match since January.

Ramble of the Day

Children have the reputation of being picky eaters, and have probably earned it. I’m reminded of an article I rambled about a couple of years ago from Mel magazine, “The Men Who Eat Like Boys,” which perfectly outlines that very narrow diet so many children have — one of the article’s subjects, Bruce, will not eat a vegetable (minus a fried potato, of course). There is something to say, though, for the diets of children because they end up trying a lot of random crap.

There isn’t a doubt in my mind that the weird things children end up eating is down to the advertising, but the point remains that it opens up a kid’s very limited diet. I remember having an endless curiosity about Trix yogurt as a kid, and one I shared with my younger sister — she has a painful tale of sacrificing her only opportunity to try Trix at school because the class was in short supply and she gave hers up so a classmate could have it. (Why didn’t we ask our parents to try some, even though they were fairly happy to let us indulge? Good question.)

Kid Cuisine was another for me. I was very convinced by the penguin and the colorful font selling me sad chicken nuggets, mac and cheese that was likely worse than the Kraft I had already rejected, and probably what would be the worst corn I could ever eat. I suppose I wasn’t brave enough to ask my parents for that one, either.

Experimental is probably not the right way to describe it, because it’s not like trying something you know is going to be bad but is going to be unique. Again, it’s down to the advertising, but I also think it’s that many kids do not care about the experience or the quality of their food. Still, what a bold way to go about eating, without caring about the quality of it. It is based in not knowing about quality, of course — please know that I have shifted fully to talking about myself as a child.

The advertising must be it, but I cannot think of a child’s lack of interest in the quality of food as anything other than bold confidence that’s based in some ignorance?

tl;dr: Children may be picky eaters, but they’re also bold eaters.

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Links of the Day

Croatia’s Domagoj Vida and Brazil’s Gabriel Menino tested positive for COVID-19.

The UK government granted Iceland an exception to their new COVID-19 related restriction barring non-residents traveling from Denmark ahead of a Nations League match at England.

League One and Two clubs will accept a £50m bailout from the Premier League.

A longer read; Stephanie Yang interviews the North Carolina Courage’s Lynn Williams on her work with the newly launched Black Women’s Player Collective for All for XI