Skip to content

i don’t share well

September 18, 2015

I think Maya’s caught on to the fact that I do not like to share.

Especially not my food.

Not even with my 10-year-old child.

I know this because she’s been testing me.

I miss London...

I miss London…

Yesterday, for example, we were at lunch, and the instant my salad arrived she asked (with a sly smile) if she could have one of the 5 tiny shrimp that dotted my plate.

Here’s what I wanted to say:

No you cannot have a shrimp. Because you have an enormous burger and fries right in front of you that you’ve barely made a dent in.


Love the Canary Wharf area.

Ali and I get along better than normal there.

And since this $20 salad is the size of my fist, and I will most definitely be hungry 5 minutes after consuming it, and I don’t eat red meat and thus can’t have a bite of your burger, and I try to avoid french fries and thus can’t have some of your fries, I really do not want to give you one of my precious shrimp.

I hope you understand.


Love the Canary Wharf area.

Luckily I shut my big mouth, counted backwards from ten, and then said: “I suppose.”

So yes I lecture her constantly about sharing her toys and food and whatever else. And yes I’m being rather hypocritical and selfish by not sharing myself.

But sometimes I just have nothing left to give and all I want are my 5 sad, overpriced little shrimp.


Not sure why I have such a big head in this picture (literally, not figuratively).

Not sure why I have such a big head in this picture (literally, not figuratively).

I hope that doesn’t make me a terrible person. But if it does?

I suppose I can live with that.

27 Comments leave one →
  1. September 18, 2015 10:44 am

    ThIs entire situation could be avoided entirely if restaurants would provide more than five stinking shrimp. I always hate this and typically avoid ordering dishes with prawns because I am inevitably disappointed with the three/five provided…tummy never full. A culinary scam that strikes everywhere.

    • September 19, 2015 10:04 am

      They are so small already…and then to have just 4-5 is really ridiculous. And yet I keep ordering shrimp because I am a slow learner….

  2. seana permalink
    September 18, 2015 11:17 am

    I don’t like sharing my food. I was amazed when we had dinner in the Bronx last Sat and the couple next to us (from Long Island no less) offered us some of their food (it had more than 5 shrimp) that just came (served family style and they hadn’t touched it). People are who they are, don’t sweat it. I apparently passed my dislike of sharing to my 24 yr old son. He had gotten a specialty bottle of hard cider and I asked if I could taste it. He said no. I laughed and said you already have my germs, I gave birth to you πŸ™‚ Meanwhile, his girlfriend yelled at him. haha.

    • September 19, 2015 10:07 am

      So funny…I get really annoyed when Maya won’t share with me. Somehow I don’t feel like I have to do the same? Maya will get back at me when she’s 24!!

      And kudos to your dining neighbors, that’s pretty remarkable. I can’t say I’d do the same.

  3. September 18, 2015 2:11 pm

    this is precisely the reason I hide in the closet with my chocolate.

    They were just beginning to renovate old warehouses into flats in Canary Wharf when I was in London. Bet it looks amazing now.

    About to board our plane at Laguardia. Such a good trip and hope to be back soon!

    • September 19, 2015 10:08 am

      I’m still cracking up that you were hiding in the closet – I hope it’s large Heather!

      And I hope you had a great trip home. It was so great to see you!

  4. September 19, 2015 5:06 am

    Oh my gosh, I HATE how salads usually come with 5-6 tiny pieces of protein for $20, yet you can get a HUGE burger or 50 pieces of fried chicken for under $10. WHAT THE HECK. Ps. your head its not big its your voluminous hair. Work it girl!

    • September 19, 2015 10:09 am

      Totally makes me wish I ate red meat..the value is just so much better. πŸ™‚

      And thank you for overlooking my large head! I feel better now!

  5. September 19, 2015 1:29 pm

    You make a good case about the salad πŸ™‚ not so about your head πŸ™‚ You are beautiful.

  6. September 20, 2015 6:03 pm

    Hahaha, I don’t like to share food with anyone except my husband. That’s funny that you want to visit Saskatoon! You’ve been to so many cool places – can’t believe Saskatoon is on your list! We are there once a month because my mom lives there, and it’s only a two hour drive away πŸ™‚

  7. September 21, 2015 2:48 pm

    I don’t mind sharing food at restaurants (when the portions are adequate), but what gets me is sharing really good homemade food (usually my mom’s). Vishnu’s known to eat whatever he can find in the fridge and sometimes that means the little treats I keep on the side for myself! I feel like this is only going to get worse with kids! πŸ™‚

    • September 21, 2015 8:04 pm

      YesҀ¦I can definitely confirm that kids eat EVERYTHING without asking!!

  8. Jessie E. permalink
    September 23, 2015 5:22 pm

    Goodness, five shrimp? Super generous of that restaurant. humph. I know what you mean about not wanting to share, especially something really tasty — although lately I’ve been asking Peter to nibble what’s on his plate … terrible, I know …

    Btw, you look simply GORGEOUS in all your pics πŸ™‚

    • September 24, 2015 6:53 am

      Thank you Jessie! I appreciate your nice comment. It made my morning. πŸ™‚

  9. September 24, 2015 11:58 am

    i would not have shared my 5 sad,overpriced shrimps either. so dont feel bad about it..but i have to say that i enjoy dining family style so i can have bite from everyones plate.

    • September 24, 2015 5:01 pm

      I do love family styleҀ¦but then in that case there is usually more than just 5 shrimp! πŸ™‚

  10. September 25, 2015 1:00 pm

    Oh my goodness, it does me good to come and read your blog. Just my very favourite type of humour. πŸ™‚ I’m sorry we missed you this year. Maya has grown!!

    • September 25, 2015 8:01 pm

      Sorry we missed you also Jennie! Hope to see you soon.

  11. September 30, 2015 2:07 pm

    I actually love sharing my food, but yeah, if it was 5 pieces of shrimp, I’d be annoyed. Awww.. poor Maya. πŸ™‚
    cute story! Gotta catch up on your other posts.

    • September 30, 2015 7:25 pm

      Next time we meet IҀ™ll bring Maya and she can share your food. πŸ™‚

  12. September 30, 2015 5:11 pm

    Look at Maya’s sweet face! I bet she didn’t even want any shrimp. She was just testing you πŸ™‚

  13. October 5, 2015 3:51 pm

    Why is it that everyone always wants a bite of your favorite foods( my husband always asks for a bite ) yet when you actually offer them a bite of something they always say no??
    I hope you had a great trip Ameena! I hope we’ll get to catch up the next time you’re in town. πŸ™‚

    • October 5, 2015 6:41 pm

      I would love to catch up when I come to London next. Hopefully soon! It would be great to meet.

  14. October 9, 2015 2:47 pm

    I had huge portions in Marseille, TWO mackerel, HUGE prawns, appetizers of grilled squid that could have been my main course:) Maybe go eat in Marseille with Maya so you can have so much on your plate you share because it’s the only way to finish! LOL πŸ™‚

    BTW you look fabulous in all the photos on this post!

    • October 9, 2015 7:06 pm

      Thank you for the nice compliment Elaine! And yes, I think a trip to Marseille is in orderҀ¦if for no other reason than so Maya can NOT eat off my plate. πŸ™‚

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: