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Prompted By What We Ate

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I think my mom was ahead of her time, a real ‘Granola.’ She didn’t look anything like a hippie, but she read religiously things like Prevention Magazine and  books on natural ways to have healthy children. We ate piles of vitamins and supplements. From a very young age I knew what each one was and the purposes of each. Mom even made homemade yogurt. It was quite bland. The concept of flavored yogurts had not come around yet. When I was small enough to sit up in the seat of the grocery cart, I remember I grabbed a little carton of ‘store bought’ yogurt and started eating it with my fingers. It was so much tangier. Yum. Later, when I had small ‘tuppies’ of yogurt in my school lunch along with carrot sticks, I explained many times to kids what yogurt was. The tuna sandwich was on whole wheat bread. I did not have the proper appreciation for all this. It was the era of Wonderbread, building strong bodies twelve different ways. I knew they were empty calories, but still wished I could trade lunches with the other kids once in a while.

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Characterizations: been there, funny, right on!, well written


  1. Susan says:

    Ah, the peer pressure of school lunch.

  2. John Zussman says:

    Don’t you wish you could go back to those kids now and point out that they now routinely eat, and appreciate, what you ate as a kid? You weren’t uncool, just ahead of your time.

  3. rosie says:

    I appreciate your story, but I think my boys would appreciate it even more. Our household wasn’t as strict, but we did much the same thing. One of my boys was a picky eater and so each day he had a choice of a protein, a vegetable and a fruit and drink usually. Once or twice a year he could bring an entirely unhealthy lunch if he wanted. Unfortunately he was labelled by some of his peers as the “healthy kid” and was upset about it.

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