I took the kids to the grocery store. I had a list. We were going to run in, get the 5 items on the list and get home. It didn't quite turn out that way. The fruit and veggie aisle didn't cause much trouble. My son, who's 6, asked for watermelon and I couldn't turn him down seeing that it was watermelon. We got the milk and yogurt, and then turned into the other aisles. First thing I hear, "OOH Mom, look at this. Doesn't it look soooo yummy?" my son asked pointing to some chocolate covered boxed doughnuts.
"Oh yes but that isn't very good for you." I replied trying to quickly move away from that area. At least my son was in the cart today so I could steer him away.
Then I heard my 12 year old saying, "Mom we should get this for our lunches it looks quick and easy."
I took the frozen package from her and glanced at the ingredients. It was longer than my "To Do" list. Most of them I couldn't even pronounce. I try to stick to the rule that we don't eat things from the chemistry lab. So I said, "No not that." Then we went down the cereal aisle. I should have known this was a mistake but I needed more oatmeal. This time all three of them started talking at once.
"Can we have this one, no this one, no this one."
"You guys, you know these are filled with high fructose corn syrup. We can't have that." I replied exasperated.
My 14 year old then wandered to the ice cream section. There she was looking at all the different kinds. "Mom, Dad said he really wanted ice cream. I think we should get this chocolate one for him." She said with a sly smile.
"Oh fine we'll get ice cream." I said. I couldn't wait to get out of the store. We made it home and as the kids and I unpacked the groceries, I realized that I had forgotten two of the items on my list. Great, I thought. I have to go back to the store tomorrow.
But after dinner we all enjoyed a big bowl of ice cream.