My mother absolutely hates asparagus- as in, she has a 60ish year-old story she has related to us countless times about hiding it from her mother behind the drapes when she was a child to avoid eating it.
Needless to say, she didn't cook it for us when we were kids- ever.
In fact, I remember the exact moment when I tried it for the first time...
It was the 4th of July, 1997- I was 15. I remember this because we ate in front of the TV that year rather than the kitchen so that we could watch the Mars landing.
My mother and sister were visiting my grandma in Wisconsin and my dad and I were celebrating the holiday with close family friends.
Somehow asparagus came up in the conversation and when our host, Sue, heard that I had never even tried it we dropped everything and drove to the store.