He had his sights set on broccoli and ice cream

FATHER’S DAZE
Emmitt B. Feldner  for The Review

We’ve discovered a young sharpshooter in the family – who’s also a broccoli lover.

That might seem contradictory to some, but it’s not – it’s just Aiden.

He accompanied us over the weekend to a sports show in Milwaukee, where Terry’s brother, who owns a fly-in fishing resort in northwest Ontario, was one of the exhibitors.

Since Steve spends half the year in Canada and the other half in Florida – talk about a yin-and-yang experience – the show makes a good opportunity to do a little faceto face catch-up.

We wandered around the show and happened across a conservation club booth where they had a pellet gun shooting competition for kids.

Aiden had already tried his hand at a rock-climbing tower, not very successfully.

He didn’t get very far off the ground on his first few tries – even with Poppie giving him a boost - and decided he’d had enough of that.

He did convince Mee-Mee to try it out – Poppie knows better than that and prefers to keep his two feet planted firmly on the ground.

Mee-Mee managed to get a ways up in the air – though not all the way to the top – and immediately posted a photo on Facebook to show the world she can still climb.

Aiden passed up the fishing tank, since he’s already an accomplished fisherman and was looking for new worlds to conquer.

It was a short while later when we found the pellet gun shooting booth and Aiden decided that was something else new he had to try.

He got five shots at a paper target and managed to hit it twice – including one bullseye, which was pretty impressive considering he’d never shot a pellet gun before.

Of course, they did move the target about halfway closer than it was for the older kids, but it was still some pretty nice shooting.

We saved his target paper and Mee-Mee went out the next day to buy a frame for it, naturally.

After spending the afternoon at the show, it was time to head home, with a stop for dinner along the way.

We stopped at a Mongolian grill restaurant, where Terry and I tried the make-your-own bowl grill special, but Aiden decided that wasn’t for him.

Instead, he had the chicken strips from the kid’s menu with a side of broccoli.

Except, in his case, it was broccoli with a side of chicken strips.

He finished off one helping of broccoli and then had seconds, while we wound up taking one chicken strip home.

That’s a taste he didn’t inherit from his Poppie.

I’ll eat broccoli, but it’s never been on my Top Ten list of favorite vegetables.

If I could think of 100 different vegetables, there’s probably a good chance broccoli might not make that list either.

The kid’s menu also had a do-ityourself ice cream sundae, with a menu of toppings, sauces and other fixings to personalize your sundae.

Aiden spent quite some time poring over the list of choices before finally making his list, which included Gummi Bears, sprinkles, strawberry slices, three cherries and more.

He managed to finish that all off as well, ignoring Poppie’s offer to help him finish it if it was too much for him.

It took him long enough that by the time he got done, it was more like ice cream soup, but he did finish it all.

Maybe we’ll have to look for a recipe for broccoli ice cream and then Aiden can have the best of all worlds.


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