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"After our food finally arrived," he told us, "well, first they have to take it back because the bartender who was waiting our table mistakenly gave her the grilled cheese, but after that's cleared up she takes a bite of her mac and cheese, nods, and says 'I like this.'" Asked whether the 3 year old had ever made such a remarkable pronouncement, the father - who identified himself as Mr. Oldman - said, "Never. I mean, she's a pretty smart kid, she doesn't eat crayons or stick her tongue in light sockets, so we were beginning to worry because she's never, ever told us she likes mac and cheese."
The mother was equally startled. "It's usually lean meats and vegetables all the time with this kid, so we're relieved to see she's finally taking to something with high fat and cholesterol," said the 30 year old, a health care worker who was enjoying her lunch under a drafty A/C vent. "We were seriously considering taking her to a doctor or something."
Asked whether the girl, who her father called "The Heiress" (possibly a reference to the government job), had any more surprising announcements in store, he replied, "We think she's starting to come around to puppies, bouncy houses, and sticker books, and the other day she managed to shrug when I put on Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. Honestly, we were really holding out hope that someday she'd ask for ice cream instead of seconds on carrots. After today, it's fingers crossed."
The family was all smiles as they left the restaurant. "Now that we've broken down the mac and cheese barrier," said Mrs. Oldman, "I think anything is possible with this kid."