Monday, April 30, 2007

Junk food

It's interesting to see how people who have no vested interest in our daughter Miriam feed her while she's under their care.

Every time we go to the Saudis' house, they pump her full of potato chips, Ferrero Rocher, Snickers, and Tang. Yuck. Such foods are hardly conducive to a productive mealtime later in the day. But in the meantime, it entertains her and, more importantly, endears them to her.

Last night, we left Miriam in the care of some members of our church congregation (along with a dozen other kids) while we attended a regional meeting in the same building. Two hours later, when we went to pick her up, we found out that they had given the kids Oreos and Capri Suns for a snack. The evidence was smeared all around Miriam's mouth (..and also [TMI alert] inside of her diaper a little less than 24 hours later).

I hardly need tell you that the people in charge of the babysitting were a)men, and b)childless or grandparents.

Still, I guess it's good practice for when we're in Jordan. In foreign countries, I hardly need to eat sweets at home because I know that wherever we go, we'll be offered all kinds of snacks and desserts. I remember one day in particular in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. We spent the whole day making visits to old friends of Jeremy's. Everyone who we visited fed us, which was great. The problem is, they only fed us cake, ice cream, and herbal tea.

There really can be too much of a good thing.

(Wasn't that a Pete & Pete episode? Or maybe Clarissa Explains It All).


Crissy Bear said...

Oh yes...all the treats. We never went anywhere where people didn't give Ezra chocolate, ice cream, soda, or most often all three. And this year it will go straight to her little hands and mouth before you can even say, no. It always amazed me though how many cafes would give us free food for Ezra. What I want to know is how can you make any money if you are always giving your stuff to kids for free.

Anonymous said...

Capri Sun must have a magician marketer (or else parents are dumber than I thought) to have become so ubiquitous. When our kids were growing up anytime refreshments were served (by others), such as at a birthday party, Capri Sun was the drink of choice. I tasted it once & though I'd call it a step up from 7-Ya that you get in Russia, it was pure sugar water spiked w/ a dash of citric acid. For my $$ (and health) 100% juice is the way to go. Granny


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