Lately L has been making pancakes on Saturday mornings (with an egg- free, dairy-free mix -- surprisingly tasty). TLG has been pretty happy with them.
His first taste of syrup was a couple of weekends ago. He had finished maybe 2 torn-up pancakes, plain, and indicated he wanted another with the time-honored point-and-"Uh!"
I wanted to share a little extra goodness with him, so I broke off a piece of another pancake, dipped one edge of it in the small pool of 100% Maple Syrup on my plate, and told him that this bite would be a little different.
He took it and ate it, and had no visible reaction.
This wasn't what I was expecting... I pretty much expected some happy kicking of the feet, or an 'aaooh', or 'mmm', or a very quick request for more. Something to indicate he'd been pleasantly surprised.
But no, he just ate it like all the other bites of pancake before it, and he was in no hurry for the next bite. He gave no sign he even noticed a difference.
When he was ready for another bite, he picked up the next chunk of pancake in front of him and silently held it out to me. Aha.
I again dipped one edge in some syrup and gave it to him. Again he ate it as though nothing were different. But for every remaining bite, he held it out to me for a little touch of syrup until the pancake was all gone.
Thankfully, he hasn't insisted on syrup for everything ever since.
But I had to laugh at his unusually nonchalant yet unmistakable way of saying "yeah, ok, that was pretty good."