So then…I try to navigate the brightly-lit food aisles with my daughter, who’s enthusiastically belting out constant demands:
“I want ice cream!”
“Let’s get cookies!”
“I want ALL these cereals!!”
“Please? Pleeeeeeeeease!? MOM!! PLEASE!!!!!”
Perfectly understandable toddler behavior.
But she’s not 4.
Why are kids such sugar-fiends, no matter how old they are?
We’re in Costco, so I’m pushing the cart in between 8 million shoppers as I try to grab a few quick things.
But every time we pass something sweet, Chloe starts yammering about how much she NEEDS to have it.
“Mom! Look! I love this ice cream! We have to get it!”
She runs over to the freezer door, pointing and making sweet puppy dog eyes.
“Chloe, that’s COSTCO-sized ice cream! Those containers are huge! That’ll last us 3 months!”
“No, it won’t! I promise I’ll eat it before 3 months.”
“That’s what I’m afraid of!” I retort.
Now believe me, my daughter gets plenty of sugary treats in her life. She also eats pretty healthy meals and she’s in good shape.
When it comes to dessert, I’m not too strict – and I’m not too lax. But she’s driving me batty with all her plaintive pleas today.
In fact, she’s relishing the role, practically swooning when we pass the cereal aisle.
“Omigod, Mom, look at all the cereals you won’t let me have!”
“Cereal? You mean ‘Sugar in a Bowl?’”
“Mommmmmmmmmmm!” she says, dragging out the syllable and rolling her eyes.
We’re laughing as I push the cart to a different section to distract her.
“Forget about all the sugary food, Chloe! Let’s go over here. Do you need underwear?”
“No, just sugar.”
“How about this section — do you need school supplies?”
“Are they made of sugar?”
“Oh, look! Books! You love reading! Let’s look in the book section!” I say, wheeling the cart over to the display.
“I hate books,” she says, mock petulantly.
“What? You do not! You love books!” I roll the cart down the book aisle, looking at the covers.
“I do not!”
“You used to! Don’t you remember?” I ask. “You used to get in trouble a couple years ago for reading too late at night!”
Chloe follows me as I push the cart along. I say wistfully, “Don’t you remember? I’d have to come in and pry the book out of your hands! That girl LOVED to read! I really liked that girl! She was so nice and sweet. Whatever happened to that girl?”
“I a—” Bwahahaha!
Chloe’s laughing so hard, she can’t finish her sentence.
“I a—” Bwahahaha!
Now I’M laughing because I realize she’s trying to say “I ATE her!”
We both stop in the middle of the aisle, laughing so hard, tears are running down our cheeks. I’m literally crossing my legs so I don’t pee my pants.
And the two of us just keep saying “I a—” over and over, dissolving into fits of laughter.
Shoppers weave around us, giving us a curious glance, wondering what the hell is so damn funny over by the book section.
— Darcy Perdu
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(Do your kids drive you batty with their pleas for sugary treats when you shop with them? When do they grow out of that? DO they grow out of that? Or are you smart enough to shop WITHOUT them? And let’s be honest, do some sugary treats find their way into your cart even when you ARE shopping alone? What’s your weakness? Mine is anything produced by those dastardly devilishly delectable boys, Ben & Jerry!)