So my daughter is on a nutrition kick. Most of the nation is fighting an obesity crisis and I am trying to provide a balanced diet for my daughter. Go figure! I am glad she is health conscious. That is wonderful. But she is becoming a real stickler on sticking to the food pyramid. Who showed her that darn pyramid anyway? Some well meaning physical education teacher? Who can ever really eat that well? Isn’t that what vitamins are for? “Is rice a grain?” she will ask. “Sure it is”, I reply. What I want to ask is, “Can veggie chips serve as your vegetable today? Is that on the pyramid?” Don’t get me wrong, I stock the house with healthy food. Mostly. I love a banana or a yogurt for a snack. But I will also eat a bowl of ice cream with chocolate sauce. Or two. Bowls, that is! Who’s counting? Certainly not me! But now my daughter is. Isn’t that the dairy part of the pyramid? Ice cream. Yes, it should be there. They forgot the icon.
The kicker was dinner out the other day. It was the early bird special. Yes, I said early bird. This may be one of the reasons I am single. My inability or disinterest in vacuuming under my couch could be the other one but talk amongst yourselves. Back to the early bird. Two of us were entitled to dessert. Only one of us wanted it. Um, that would be me! Neither of my children wanted dessert either. I thought I would gasp. The waitress said, “How about I bring both desserts and extra spoons and everyone can try a little?” Great solution. Two desserts later and another reference to the pyramid and I have just about had it. Who said buy the shoes? Eat the cookie? What is that health teacher’s name? I need to file a complaint! There is no guilt in two desserts!