My little cousins, 5 and 7, are sleeping over for the weekend and my mother and I are having a weird power play over what they eat. I HATE but can more or less handle the occasional jibe that my fruit isn't "real food." But denying that my cousins prefer fruit over cooked flesh is delusional.
They arrived yesterday evening and until dinner today, my mom was unsuccessful is giving them her meaty stew. I didn't even start anything intentionally - last night I prepared a large meal of grapes for myself and that was all they wanted. I had about 10 pounds of grapes and the three of us ate it all.
This morning she managed to give them a cheesy sandwich when I was in bed. When I woke up and prepared more fruit, they immediately came to me and we shared the meal again. I had to go out and buy more grapes because we ate them all and they wanted more more more! :) The 7-yr old went with me and in the presence of all the candy, she had eyes only for the the fruit!
That was when my mother started making snide comments. She was worried that grapes were all they girls wanted. She actually ordered me to give them only three. THREE? What the heck? If a child asks for FOOD, I give it to them! It's not my fault when the girls ask for cereal and milk and they barely eat three spoonfuls before asking for fruit again.
What really angered me was this: When I was peeling oranges for myself, my mother actually told me to not show the girls before she offered them "food." My mother got a bowl of the meaty stew and got the younger one to eat. I entered the room and minded my own business with the oranges. But as soon as my mother rose to get seconds, my cousin went straight to the fruit and wouldn't eat any more soup.
These little humans clearly innately know what is best for them. The worst part? When I was peeling those oranges, the small one that ate the stew first smelled the oranges, came running to me, and asked me every few seconds if I was finished peeling so I could give her some.
It saddens me that most of the world thinks we're the crazy ones when it's actually the other way around. They think it's normal to fed children cookies and pizza. My parents have actually ordered pizza for tonight and they think this is OK. I won't even stay in the room, I have to cool down and browse 30BAD to retain my sanity.
I had to get this off my chest.