Wednesday, February 08, 2012
While traveling I carry along lots of fruit and nuts and carrot sticks since our teen girls get hungry often. At one motel breakfast bar I realized that later we'd be in the Creation Museum a long stretch of time, and figured a munchy snack might be easier than fruit in some settings, so I took with me a single-pack of a sugary breakfast cereal. It was probably a lingering twinge of (misplaced) guilt also, because this particular variety of cereal used to be a celebrated favorite in our home. For years our cabinet would never be without THAT CEREAL (lots of boys continually refueling plus yours truly being stubborn about changing our eating habits). But I did gradually change what I bought, and the boys are all grown and gone, so the younger kids haven't had that item in a long time!
When we were unloading the car after the trip, the sealed cereal pouchlet was still knocking around beside the seat. Surprised but ever frugal, (you DO NOT throw away food!), I brought it in and stuck it in the pantry. Now five weeks later, today my mid-teen daughter waves it around asking me what to do with it, cause she's certainly not going to eat it. I ask the pre-teen daughter, "Can you please eat this tomorrow so it won't be a temptation to me?" (I've been hungrier the last 2 days and feeling vulnerable.)
Younger daughter looks at the package with scorn: " _ I _ don't want it!!"
Thanks be to God for His mercy! and if you're in the difficult stages of nudging your family toward healthier eating, don't give up. It does get better. Many of them will "get it" eventually . . . and even if they aren't wholehearted about it, you don't need to feel guilty for acting in their best interest.