LIKE the children in the essay above, the ones quoted by readers in The Home Forum's ''what children say'' competition have had their memorable moments with food. Here are entries receiving certificates in this and other general categories.Skip to next paragraph
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Gregory, 3, was offered more dinner. ''No thanks, my stomach is already feeling guilty.'' - Patricia and Rob Martin, Northfield, Minn.
While coloring Easter eggs, four-year-old Buddy asked his mother, ''Can we make a few black ones for everyday?'' - Jewel F. Evans, Arlington, Va.
A nephew, 4, was picking - and sampling - berries. ''The littler they are, the not thour they aren't.'' - Helen C. Benson, East Waterboro, Maine
Removing well-done turkey from the oven, I remarked, ''This bird is coming apart at the seams.'' Martha, 9, replied, ''No wonder, it's only basted!'' - Ruth Macy Howland, Greenwich, Conn.
Would Mike, 3, like his toast buttered. ''No, but I would like it jammed.'' - Christine J. Stone, Perrysburg, Ohio
The four-year-old was found chewing thoughtfully in the kitchen. ''I climbed up to smell the little cakes, and my tooth got caught in the biggest one.'' - Kathleen Morehouse, Moravian Falls, N.C.
The four-year-old was at the restaurant. ''I can't eat this fish, it's dead.'' - Alex Eckel, Westford, Mass.
Gillian, 8, was given a particularly stripped bone of the kind she liked to munch on after it was carved. ''What is this - a souvenir?'' - Stan A. Lane, Victoria, British Columbia
My four-year-old friend, Ingo, and I were lunching at McDonald's. ''This is a good place,'' he enthused. ''No peas!'' - Lillian Kramer, North Hollywood, Calif.
My three-year-old examined her first fresh pear cautiously, then asked in wonder, ''How do you open it?'' - Claire M. Wilson, Reno, Nev. Just my size
Ben, 4 1/2, trudged slowly up the steep incline to his house. ''When I get big, I want to live on a flat hill.'' - Jim Hatfield, St. Albans, W. Va.
Kristi, 9, was on a 12-hour car trip. ''I don't like going or coming; I like being.'' - Wesley J. Ketz Jr., Batesville, Ark.
Grandson Scott was asked how his first day at kindergarten went. ''All right , but we didn't learn to read - maybe tomorrow.'' - Herbert F. Haake, Auburndale , Mass.
Mother: ''Is your diaper wet, Frances?'' Frances, 13 months: ''No, not yet.'' - Jacki Thomas, Portland, Texas
Kendra, 7, was asked to do some addition. ''I can't see the problems with my mittens on.'' - Brenda Kay Nagel, Michigan City, Ind.
Bethi, 3 1/2, snuggled down one night during a family camping trip. ''Ooh, this is such a nice where to be.'' - Charlotte C. Ritchie, Eastham, Mass.
Ian, 2, was enjoying a session of rough-housing. ''Please, you take my socks off. I just want to see my toes having fun.'' - Nancy Case, Amherst, N.H.
Micah, not quite 3, was asked if he could tie his shoes. ''Maybe . . . , when I sleep good and it doesn't rain, I can do it.'' - Douglas Holmstrom, Austin, Ark.
Yawning Andrew, 2 1/2, was asked if he was sleepy. ''Only in my mouth.'' - Lucia Tyler, Ithaca, N.Y.
Tearful Melinda, 7, discovered the snow pants weren't lost after all. ''It pays to look before you cry!'' - Mrs. Arthur S. Huey, Sun City West, Ariz.
Jessica, 4, advised: ''You should learn how to sled. If you don't know how to sled, use a grown-up.'' - Donna Hunsberger, Fairport, N.Y.
Lonnie, 2, hung back, and a visiting nurse asked if he didn't like to take a bath. ''Not when I've got company I don't.'' - Violet Simon, Loveland, Colo.