The final days of school are here. Middle Child is graduating from elementary school this week. That means I will have two middle schoolers this fall. My heart is breaking. Where did the time go? It wasn’t that long ago I was drowning in diapers, bouncy balls and hot wheels. And lack of sleep. Wait, I’m still missing out on a decent night of sleep.
Middle Child was born a middle child. He can be as sweet as candy one minute, and full of angst and pain the next. This boy completely drains me emotionally. In the past two weeks, his moanings and complaints escalated, perhaps from the anxiety of leaving elementary school.
“My ankles hurt. My eyes are burning. My knee twitches. My stomach is upset. My lips are chapped.”
This is all in a normal day for him.
His nerve endings should be studied and a scientific paper should be written about their extreme sensitivity to sensations. Middle Child feels everything intensely, from the wet lotion on his skin to the seams of his pants to the pea under the mattress.
And he complains about all of them to me.
Middle Child is also vocal with his food preferences. Most of the time, I can convince him to try something new if it has lemon juice all over it. Introducing new flavors and cuisines can be a challenge with this kid, too. He has been known to declare some of my meals to be “the worse thing he has ever tasted.”
So much for stroking MY ego.
One thing I have never had to force him to eat was sausage. He ADORES sausage. I didn’t have to be asked twice when Farmer John® asked me to do a Sausage Switcheroo instead of traditional chicken and beef dishes.
I made fried brown rice with Farmer John® Hot Louisiana Brand Smoked Sausage.
“That’s not spicy,” he stated to me matter-of-factly.
He ate up his dinner quickly, drowned in lemon juice of course.
You can find the full recipe for my Pork Sausage Fried Brown Rice (minus the lemon juice) here.
And, you can find more sausage switcheroo recipes and meal inspirations here.
I am moving on to adding Farmer John® sausage with Middle Child’s eggs in the morning. Because if his day starts off right, the whole family will have a peaceful morning!
Disclaimer: I was paid a stipend to create a recipe using Farmer John® Sausages. The story I have written is true, and the opinions expressed are truly mine. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t blog about it!