Fussiness? In particular, I am thinking about food. Many people are fussy eaters. Perhaps you are one yourself.
When our children were young, they would often bring friends home - and frequently a meal would be served. It never ceased to amaze me how picky some of these children would be. "I don't like potatoes", "I don't like salad", "I don't like water", "I don't like spaghetti bolognese", and so on. Clearly, these children's eating preferences had been pandered to with parents listening overmuch to small children's declared likes and dislikes. That is what I thought anyway.
Shirley and I were more of the "Shut up and eat what you are given" brigade. Our kids ate the same meals that we ate and the possibility of complaint or rejection was just not on the agenda.
Until he turned to veganism five years ago, our son Ian would eat and enjoy everything. I cannot think of a single food item he would turn his nose up at. On the other hand, our daughter stopped liking mushrooms somewhere along the line. I cannot pinpoint the moment when this dislike for mushrooms began. Perhaps she learnt it at someone else's house when she was little.
Shirley can be a bit funny about food. For example, on the rare occasions we order Chinese takeaways I know that I cannot order any other meat dishes apart from chicken - so it's always chicken chop suey, chicken chow mein, chicken foo yung, sweet and sour chicken. Pork and beef are definitely off the menu.
Over the years, I notice that I have developed my own kind of fussiness when it comes to food. I will happily eat anything - a complete omnivore but I have an issue with the presentation of food. Quite simply, I like plates of food to look nice.
Even if I am preparing a sandwich or baked beans on toast, I will make it look nice. A full Sunday dinner means that each item must be arranged carefully with a degree of visual separation. Not for me the sloppy habit of just chucking everything together in a carefree manner. In my opinion. the experience of pleasurable eating is about all the senses - including sight.
How about you and your family? Are there common food items you just cannot stand? Or are you, like me, fussy about food in other ways?