This is how I eat plates of food: one
item at a time, worst first
. I learned to do this very young. My parents would often drag us to the grandparents' house and we would eat dinner with Grandma
Miller. We would have to eat everything
on the plate, or we would get in trouble
. Very quickly I learned to eat all of one thing at a time, having the intention of not mixing the wax bean flavor (repugnant
) with the salad flavor (so-so) or the cranberry sauce
flavor (delicious treat!).
One at a time is also a phrase repeated incessantly by kindergarten
teachers and carnival
ride operators. It ties in nicely with "wait your turn."