I don't know why I started hating them around age 4, but I just wouldn't eat them anymore. my mother started putting boiled potatoes through a ricer for me, and just setting a glob of butter on top, and that was better, but still, not right. She started baking a potato for me around age 6, and that was the best. potatoes shouldn't be creamy. they should have some texture to them. I love potatoes, but I need to be able to BITE them. For the same reason, I cannot bring myself to eat potato soup.