So the next morning, after I calmed myself down from the indignation I was feeling regarding the ‘Twinkie incident’, I geared myself up for bringing this up with his teachers.
His teacher in the morning, well, there is a wee bit of a language barrier. And also a ‘no sense of humour’ barrier.
“I would really appreciate it if you would not give Vince any Twinkies. We don’t eat food like that in our house and I would rather him not eat like that at school too”, is what I Canadianly said to her.
“So no sugar at all?”
“Um, no. He can eat sugar. Just not too much of the processed type and more from the natural group of things”
I think she understood. She promised me she would mention it to her co-worker. I left feeling better.
And then I thought about it all day long. And then when I pulled into the parking lot to pick V up, I decided to mention it to administration as well…
That conversation went a little better. Ms. Erika assured me that the last snack on their regimented list of meals was at 2:30 pm. There are no other snacks to be provided. There should not be any Twinkies or Doritos given to anyone. She promised to talk to the teachers that evening and I practically skipped to his classroom. V was there, snack-free, and that evening he ate all of his dinner.
The next afternoon, when I picked him up, I was not greeted with a sincere smile. Not really much of a smile at all, actually, from teacher #2. The Twinkie-giving teacher.
Oh well. That’s too bad that she’s taking it hard.
I feel great about it.
And this afternoon, as I wheeled V around Whole Foods and picked up a few ‘treats’ for him, I flashed back to ‘treat’ shopping with my Mum in the local Health Food store of our tiny town.
30 years later, here I am, doing the same thing with my child. Just upgraded.
Larger ‘town’, larger store, but pretty much the same person.
And while I remember hating yogurt-covered raisins and peanuts as a child… who knows? V might like them? I happen to have a container of that very item (recently purchased) in my pantry.
Funny, eh? any of you parents out there seeing yourself following in your parents footsteps?