Yep- everything is still crazy here. But I promised to keep everyone up-dated, so here is the latest news on what's been going down in the Bird's Nest. Still haven't heard a word from the GATE (gifted and talented program) my daughter interviewed for. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or bad thing. Usually no news is good news. Not too sure about that, in this case. Every time I go to the bathroom, I make sure I bring the phone with me, just in case it rings. Oh, sorry, was that perhaps TMI? :)
Last night I attended my niece Caitlin's 8th grade graduation ceremony. I cried so hard I gave myself a migraine. I was very happy and bitterly sad to see her graduate. As with any milestone my nieces pass, without my sister being here, is just bittersweet. At one point in the ceremony, the Principal handed all of the graduates a flower to "hand their parents". My niece had this expression on her face when she handed the flower to her father, that just killed me. My brother-in-law leaned over and handed it to me. That did it. I was a mess. I'm still a mess. The loss of my sister is a raw pain that never goes away, a wound that may be years old, but one that will always ache, fester and never close.
Thursday, I will be attending my daughter Faith's 6th grade graduation which holds it's own share of aches. How the hell did I become the mom of a middle schooler? Hopefully, I won't forget the camera again, (like I did last night for Cait's graduation) and I will be able to post some pictures of the event.
Today is a Family Picnic and Yearbook Signing event at the girls school, which is always a fun time. Although it has presented me with a little dilemma. I always pack my girls their lunch. We are chubby, so I make sure that their lunches are very healthy and not chock full of calories and fluff. Despite my best efforts and the fact that my kids eat healthy food, we remain, chubbed.
I am not an ogre. I still allow my kids treats. There are special times we all eat ice cream, s'mores and birthday cake. But here's the problem. The girls asked if I would bring them McDonald's as a special treat, to the family picnic today. Ugh. That kind of rubs against the whole- eating healthy lunches we do all year long. And you would not believe how people perceive me and my kids. The stares we get when we do indulge in treats is really hard for me to endure. I even had one ignorant woman laugh at my daughter when she picked up a cupcake and said to me "Don't you think that kid has had enough cupcakes already?"
Yeah. I've heard all of that, and worse. People seem to make allowances and accept drug addicts a whole lot kinder than fat kids. I know I shouldn't care what stupid people think or say, but I have to tell you it's becoming really hard for me to keep from punching some of these people in the head :)
What would you do? Bring your kids the treat or hold it back for another time and place, where they won't be ridiculed for eating it? I'd love to get someone else's perspective on the topic.
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