“Maybe we should go shopping tonight,” my daughter suggested as we walked in the door after returning from the after school program.
“Why shopping? What do you think we need?” I asked.
“We are out of yogurt again,” was the reply.
“Well, it’s not my problem that you and your brother consumed 16 tubes of go-gurt since we went to the store LAST NIGHT!”
“That was 3 nights ago,” says brother.
We have problems with time tracking and targeted consumption at our house. I can’t keep go-gurt in stock. Sour Patch Kids Go-Gurt flies off my refrigerator shelves like box fans at Walmart in August.
These kids get so pinpoint focused on one type of snack or food and then you can’t keep enough of it at home. I like diversity. It’s the key to a good life. With food and my kids however, the name of the game is sameness.
What’s for dinner this week?
Pancakes and sausage. We must eat this every night. If the kids come home and momma’s mixed it up with hamburgers and French fries, all hell breaks loose. This was pancakes and sausage week.
“Momma, what do you have for a snack?”
“I hate graham crackers. I’ve hated graham crackers forever.”
No, in fact, you haven’t. I thought we were still on graham cracker for snack week. It appears we transitioned to yogurt smoothies week and I didn’t get the memo. The kids only drink yogurt smoothies now. Graham crackers are passé. Hated even.
“Momma, can we have dinosaur chicken nuggets for dinner this week?”
Shocked. “I thought you hated those?”
Look of mild confusion on son’s face.
“No? When did I say that?”
Hm. Ok. It’s dinosaur nuggets and tater tots week. Search back of freezer for dinosaur nuggets to see if they have expired since the kids’ last love affair with dinosaur nuggets.
My freezer is full of once-loved food items, just waiting, like sad, worn toys, to be loved again by my children. Sometimes when I see expiration dates approaching, I will say at dinner time (over pancakes and sausage):
“Hey, remember those turkey meatballs that we loved to eat every night last March? Wouldn’t it be great to have those again?”
Blank stares on children’s faces.
Sigh. Looks like that bag of meatballs won’t be making a comeback before its time is up…