I’ll be sharing little snipits of my emotional experiences with Mazon’s SNAP Food Stamp Challenge throughout the week. I’d love to hear from those of you participating this week as well – Paul, Sharon, Susan, Chaviva… and everyone else.
So, this morning, we had breakfast. The boys were really good about asking what they could and couldn’t eat. My husband and I had moved most of the non-SNAP Challenge food down to the freezer last night, but the fridge still has some items not on my menu plan. I think I’ll tape up the fridge like on Pesach.
Anyway, my boys did great with breakfast – and truthfully, it was pretty much the same thing that they’d normally eat (for them, bagels and cream cheese). My 3 year old, on the other hand, was being typically three.
“I want waffles for breakfast.”
Fine – I anticipated this and bought a big package of waffles.
But then, after it was already toasted, she saw the boys eating their bagels.
“No, I want badel and tream cheese like my boys.” (she calls them her boys).
But we had already toasted the waffle.
Trying to argue logically with a three year old is like trying to nail jello to a tree.
So I bagged up the waffles, put them in the fridge and toasted her a bagel.
My oldest put the cream cheese on it for her, but something about his technique offended her and set off another five minutes of hysterically refusing to eat the bagel and demanding a new one.
I think I might have raised my voice at this point.
Food waste makes me frustrated under “normal circumstance”. But when I’ve so carefully planned, purchased and plotted our food consumption for this week, wasting two waffles PLUS a bagel was enough to send me into a teeth-clenched tantrum of my own.
And it’s only day one.
My daughter got her bagel in a baggie, to eat in the car. The bit that was flung to the floor (yes, the tantrum-that-never-ends) got picked up by me and put into the fridge. Someone WILL eat that bagel this week.
How are the rest of you doing so far? Have any tantrums of your own yet?