Parenting Ruminations

Today I was running errands with Ruby, just trying to kill time until Henry's preschool let out.

At 10:55 a.m., I felt the need for some nourishment and coincidentally happened to be passing McDonald's. I'm usually not a big fan of Micky Dees but I needed SOMETHING. So Ruby and I made a quick stop through the drive-thru, ordered a medium Diet Coke (it's slowly sounding more appealing to me -- I'm comin' back to my old self!) and cinnamon roll (mmmm) and as we're pulling out, I heard it ... a little voice from the back seat saying,

"I wanna fench fie!"

How is it that my not even two year-old daughter has gotten so accustomed to drive-thrus and their evil purpose? How is it that there are some people in this world who only feed their children organic foods and then there are others, who shall remain nameless, whose 22 month old kids recognize drive thrus and beg for french fries?

Look at them! They're darling!

I seriously started wondering today, am I failing them? I don't mean to be all dramatic. I'm not going to draw a juxtaposition between feeding my kids fast food and giving them cigarettes but stilll ... I can't help but wonder ....


Kim said...

Lesson learned: never underestimate little Rubles! She is one smart cookie! That's pretty mind blowing, if you ask me! And, that black and white photo is so adorable, btw!

Oh, and thanks for the tip on Adele! You were right. Definitely a shew in for me! Gotta love those Brits!

RhondaLThomas said...

Dear Celia,

You are not failing them ... you're doing an awesome job!

Love & Hugs,

Wendy said...

Well tess likes to get the food though her window. sad.

NatureGirl said...

didn't know you were blogging! Hooray now I can stalk you and those beautiful angel babies that we miss so much!

Spitzer Family said...

I can't believe you would give your kids french fries!! j/k. At least she didn't yell out-I want a happy meal like a little gal I know very well. those pictures on your last post were adorable!

Adrienne said...

Oh Cels....Ez sees McDonald's and says "nugget!" And on our road trip on Friday, we were cruising along the freeway and we whizzed past a Chuck e. Cheese, to which Ez was still able to identify, "Mama! Chuck E Cheese!"

And he always asks for a drink of my Diet Coke, calling it "lem-nade." Sigh....what are you gonna do?
I bought Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious cookbook to sneak in all those veggies into their meals....and sadly, I have yet to make a single recipe!

Mandy said...

I'm sorry but I will now have to take back my betrothal of Olivia to Henry. I'm not sure we can allow anyone into our family who only asks for french fries (even if guilty only by association) at the drive up. Everyone knows the kids meal is where it's at, it's something we've preached since birth. I would be willing to change my mind if I see significant improvement over the next 20 years. I'm rootin' for you Henry!!

The McCulloughs said...

First of all, those cinnamon rolls are delish!! I can think of nothing else besides that and a med. diet coke for a mid-morning snack! I have a friend who won't let her children eat at McDonalds!! I know, Gasp!!! I say that life is just to short and we all gotta have some fast food now and then! I am sure you feed them fruits and veggies when you can. What's a girl to do???