Friday, February 17, 2012

I Dare You...


As a child, if you dared me to do something, I‘d do it.  There didn’t even have to be a monetary reward involved.  The thrill and reward was taking on the dare – earning the respect of my peers.  Funny kind of respect, but, hey, we were kids…


I once:


 Chewed a blob of gum found on the sidewalk...


 if memory serves, it looked remarkably like this one


Ate a dead ant (not even chocolate covered) 




And a dead worm

 the one I ate was smaller – and I refused the dare to eat a live one


I also ate a bowl of porridge full of tiny insects.  This last culinary delight was not on a dare but was by mistake - my father’s mistake.  He’d prepared it from a bag of OLD oats and I would have eaten anything made by my father.


 couldn’t find an image with insects – these are raisins


Times have changed.  This week I threw out an entire apple and some grapes – all appeared to have been nibbled by mice.  No amount of washing could convince me to eat their leftovers.  Although, yes, I would if I were starving.









Where did my spirit of adventure go?  My willingness to take risks?

Or maybe I just need someone to dare me…???




photo credits: google images

21 comments:

Jaya J said...

maybe you can opt for different kind of dares now. no more eating insects and old gums :)
my dad says i used to eat bugs when i started crawling.
but i also remember swallowing gums cuz i was just too lazy to go spit it where i should.

:)

kyknoord said...

I've seen people queue up to eat stuff way more disgusting than insects and old gum. Do you think McDonalds dares people?

Gorilla Bananas said...

I dare you to eat more insects. I believe you can order gourmet friend locusts in many Chinatowns. Think of insects as land-shrimps, their taste is quite similar.

Barrie said...

You were a much braver child than I! Is there anything particular you'd like to do, but can't find the gumption. Let us know, and we'll dare you. :)

Beth said...

Jaya J:
Forgot about that “food group.” I swallowed so much gum as a kid – especially in school. ;)

kyknoord:
To eat at McDonalds, I would need a dare with a monetary reward. Yuck.

GB:
When next in Toronto’s Chinatown, I might take you up on that dare. The insects would have to be very well disguised, though.

Barrie:
Braver? More like crazy.
As for a dare I’d take on now? That’s the trouble with growing up – it’s hard to think of one, let alone act on one. :)

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

Ha! I double dog dare you! I probably would have eaten the apple (not the grapes though) and cut away the nibbled parts. But not the worm. Definitely not the worm...

oreneta said...

That wouldn't be a food group, that'd be a food poop!

Beth said...

The Bodhi Chicklet:
Couldn’t even bring myself to cut away the “contaminated” part of the apple. The nibbled area was too big – and gross.
I wouldn’t eat worms any more, either. :)

oreneta:
You have such a way with words! ;)

nursemyra said...

don't think I could eat a dead worm. how old were you then?

Zhu said...

Between truth or dare, I always chose truth! Not a huge fan of insect or gum, chewed or not.

Beth said...

nursemyra:
Had to have been 7 or 8 – I can remember exactly where I did it and who dared me.

Zhu:
When playing that game, it all depends on the question… And no one ever dares you to eat dead creatures!

Lainey-Paney said...

Oh my gosh!
Your siblings or friends were just mean!!! Whoever dared you to do all those things: MEAN!

Beth said...

Lainey-Paney:
Hey, I dared them too! We were all "mean"/crazy kids...

laughingwolf said...

[i'm really pist at those perverted word verifications... old eyes don't see proper no more! GRRRRRRR]

dare you to GET RID of it! :P

while we all, as kids, played the truth-or-dare thing back in the mists of time, can't recall any of em.

Beth said...

LW:
Okay, for you (and because they’re driving me crazy too) I’ll accept your dare and turn off the “perverted” word verification – yet again. If I get inundated with spam, back it goes!

Barrie said...

Beth: I'm hoping that if you're ever in San Diego, you'll meet up with Janey the Orangutan AND ME!

laughingwolf said...

still here!

anyway, all you need is to use the 'filter', like i do on mine... nothing gets posted without my ok]

barbara martin, toronto lawyer, has two levels of security on her blog... no idea how much safer that is, but she's happy with it

Beth said...

Barrie:
Made me laugh - of course I would want to see YOU!
But, hmm…who first? Janey or Barrie? ;)

LW:
Said I’d do it and promptly forgot! Done now. Bring on the spam…

Attila the Mom said...

Gah!! You were far more adventurous than I ever was!!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

You may have been braver then but you're smarter now, Beth. You know not to eat an ant unless it's chocolate covered.
xoRobyn

Sherry said...

oh dear lord...why?? why would you eat those things??? That you tossed something nibbled at by mice I get...but dead bugs and insects??! Erg...now I've got the creepy crawlies!!