I agreed that yes, some foods look kind of funny. "Yucky" is not a word I use, ever. I object to it in the way some parents object to "stupid" or "bored." Westley undoubtedly learned "yucky" from Yo Gabba Gabba. (Shame on you, Gabba friends!) I also mentioned that you never know how something will taste until you try it.
Still, I took Westley's comment into consideration. For snack, I presented him with this.
Cucumber-carrot palm trees on a celery beach, under a full hummus moon.
A little nod to the summer we're not seeing in Seattle.
Westley looked hard at the plate. Then he looked at me like I had finally lost my mind and he had seen it coming all along. He ate the celery and left everything else undisturbed.