Thursday, November 29, 2012
It seems to me that the idea of a treat has become more of an everyday occurrence. In stories from the past, I would read about the excitement a little boy had when his mother would wrap him up a small piece of cake in his lunch. Holidays like Christmas and Easter would present a dessert that wasn't eaten during the rest of the year. Now I see the temptation to put cookies in school lunches everyday. My kids will ask me for dessert everyday after dinner. So they could potentially have cereal for breakfast (sugar), cookies in their lunch box (sugar), and dessert after dinner (sugar). Hmmm, there is something wrong here, yes? And yet, it seems like a daily battle to me - as the one in charge of their food - to keep them away from sugar. When I go to the doctor's office or bank or post office, they hand my children suckers. And let me tell you what was brought to the school Halloween party for my daughter, Anna: Cheetos, cookies, and more cookies. That was IT! No veggies or fruits or protein - just junk. Like most parents, I imagine that we are trying to raise our kids healthier than we are or have been, and I recognize that it probably sounds silly for a 400lb woman to be so concerned about sugar when her children are thin - but I know what it's like to grow up overweight. It is an awful hell that I wouldn't wish upon anyone. I just feel like the world is out to get my children fat and I feel helpless sometimes in keeping them healthy. Vent over (for now).
Articulations by Jill Pierce at 10:30 PM