If my food decisions were left to my taste buds, every meal would include cheese and there would be very few vegetables on my plate; however, in an effort to teach my children good eating habits, I have been attempting to dedicate one night a week to eating a salad for dinner. A bowl of lettuce is not any more attractive to me than it is to my children, but I offer options to make the greens filling and exciting. We always have raw almonds, sunflower seeds, and cheese that they can add. In addition there’s usually some olives, fruit, and even leftover meat they can sprinkle on top. Last night was full of options because we had ham and hardboiled eggs. In the end it’s probably not even a healthy meal, but I try.
This is an actual conversation that took place last night while eating our salad.
FringeBoy plucked a plastic egg filled with M&M’s off the table and asked, “What do you think tastes better, a banana or M&M’s?”
My heart screamed M&M’s, but my brain reminded me that I was eating salad and required each of my children to eat half a banana alongside their breakfast this morning. It was a struggle of mind and soul that left me feeling like the girl from Willy Wonka that turned into a giant blueberry after she insisted on eating the three-course meal gum.
My parental mind won and I said, “Oh a banana tastes good and it’s good for you.”
Unfortunately my son never accepts my first answer to any of his questions. He is one of those children who must push you to question every decision you’ve ever made in life, including the decision to procreate. So he upped the ante.
“If you were going to die and this was your last meal, would you eat a banana or M&M’s?”
Truth be told everyone knows that if it were my last meal, I would probably eat a pepperoni pizza with M&M’s on top. Healthy choices mean little in the face of death.
Knowing that I couldn’t cave, I said with a confident tone, “Banana.”
The heavens parted and angels shouted in chorus, “Liar, LIAR, L-I-A-R!”
Hearing the angels, my son looked at me is disbelief and said, “So you’re gonna be in heaven saying, I should have just eaten the M&M’s. That’s really dumb.”
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