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With healthy eating in mind, buying fruits and veggies is a big part of food shopping trips.

The last shopping excursion netted an array of them. I usually try and cut them up quickly to store and have ready for snacking. Cucumbers, I have happily learned, are popular in our house, so I went ahead and bought a double batch.

Sitting down last night with eight cucs, a peeler and a knife, I set to work. Peeling the green skins caught my son’s eye.

“Can I do it?” he asked.

Sure, why not?

I went to show him how to use the peeler. He kind of shrugged me off, saying something like, “I know what to do.”

OK then.

As he started peeling and I continued slicing, I told him that learning to cook and prep food is a good thing. His Pa-Pa — my dad — cooks often. He’s health-conscious. Many of his dishes are fresh and delicious.

I took a phone call as Jacob sat and meticulously finished the five remaining cucumbers. He made a nice pile of skins on a plate and placed the freshly peeled cucs on another plate. I finished slicing them for easy snacking.

It looks like I have a little helper to slice, dice and store fruits and veggies. It also looks like he’s on the right track to learning a little bit of food prep.

Here’s to a new adventure. …

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