A kind friend of mine took me to a French restuarant for a post-birthday celebration. She bravely ordered snails as an entree. Once they arrived, I watches her try one with admiration. She then turned of me and said that now that I am 30, I need to be able to say I have tried a snail. Without a moments hesitation I shook my head, but there was still a snail on a fork in front of my face.
My friend tried to convince me by saying;
"Just try it! Just don't look at it. Close your eyes if you have to. Open your mouth and look away, whatever you do, do not look at it!"
Anything that you have to close your eyes to eat doesn't sound like my kind of food. But sometimes those big moments in life present themselves and we reach a fork in the road. We can travel down the path that feels safe and familiar but leaves little room for growth, or we can go down .........argh, what am I talking about - I ATE A SNAIL!!!
It wasn't particularly awful, just kind of what I would expect a snail to taste like. Less slimy though. I didn't hate it, but I won't be eating many more in the future, mainly because snails seem kind of cute to me. I always feel so awful when I accidentally step on one.
This experience led me to make an unusual list in the 'Notes' app on my phone. I have added items here and there as they come to my memory. The list is;
"Weird Stuff I Have Eaten."
I shall now share my list with you (and delete it from my 'Notes' as it is a bit of an odd thing to do).
Weird Stuff I Have Eaten
1. A snail. Let's call this my 'Birthday Snail'.
2. Baby vomit. I was playing with one of our boys when they were young and was lying on our bed 'flying' them over my head and as I was talking and laughing, vomit straight into my mouth. It was a direct hit and resulted in my own vomiting.
3. Raw egg. I tend to drink from cups that aren't mine. If I'm thirsty and I see a glass, even a half full glass, I will drink it. When I was younger, I saw what I thought was orange juice, only to find it was raw egg.
4. Clay juice. You would think I would have learned my lesson from the raw egg experience, but I did not. As kids, we would sometimes go to the Speedway with our Dad. My younger siblings would collect the chunks of clay that would fly over the guard rails as the cars sped around the corners and would roll them into balls. For some bizarre reason, one of these clay balls ended up in a cup of water in the fridge. Which I once again drank.
5. Bark. I cannot tell you how many times I have picked up what I thought was a bit of dropped chocolate off the floor and realised I was eating bark....or dirt....or who knows what else. Why am I eating food off the floor??
6. Sand. This one has always appealed to me, but it turned into a real craving both times I was pregnant. I just wanted to eat sand. I don't think it was the taste, more the texture. I even filled a bottle with sand when we went to the beach, you know - just in case.
7. A cockroach. When I was a teenager, I awoke one night because I felt something in my mouth. I freaked out and spat out whatever was in there and turned in the light to discover a large, disgusting, cockroach. I'm pretty good with spiders and bugs, but cockroaches still gross me out.
8. A chunk of my big toe. I had a friend sleeping over when I was in Year 3 and I covered the bathroom floor with water and soap to 'ice skate'. I somehow managed to slice a chunk off the side of my big toe on the edge of the shower. I know it was deep because it didn't bleed straight away, it just went all white, then the blood came. It also barely hurt in the beginning.
I thought it would be funny to gross out my friend by putting the chunk of toe on my tongue and chasing her. She was indeed disgusted, but in my laughter, I accidentally swallowed it.
And this concludes my list. For now anyway, there will no doubt be updates if I continue my reckless eating habits.