It's summertime...aaaahhh....when we are rarely home. It's fun, it's liberating, it's exhausting, but we wouldn't change it for anything.
One place we frequent daily, sometimes two or three times in the day is the community pool
where we are members. The kiddies do their lessons in the morning, as well as "Junior Junior Swim Team" (which is just way too frickin
' cute for words) and the Mommies do their Aquasize
while the kids sit on t
he side and laugh at us, or go to the park with the pool appointment Leaders in Training. We then often go back for free swim in the afternoon, and sometimes evening.
But in between, it's all about the snacks. The Snacks.
While we are all congregated poolside between activities and dips in the pool, everyone has their snacks. It's war. It's an unwritten, non-verbalized war, but the 'looks' and the competition is there.
WHO brings the healthiest snacks? The heartiest? Some
are even equipped with what looks like a full meal with all food groups being represented from rolled up ham, cheese, tomatoes and yogurt. Don't forget the pita and hummus, all homemade of course.
I always try to bring a fruit. Perhaps a muffin, some fishie
crackers, bagel...pretty much whatever is ready and can be packaged up quickly in our daily rush-cause-we're-late-again out the door. But, there are days when I'll grab some Spiderman
jujubes, raisins, Nutrigrain
bar, all processed sugar stacked items. How the hell to 'they' know that my kids didn't eat a bowl of multi-grain oatmeal full of fresh blueberries and bananas for breakfast? Who cares?
I even buy them a freezie
sometimes at the canteen. Oh. MY. GAWD!!! Shaddup
already, it's coloured water with sugar and it's frozen. It's not poisonous.
Am I just as guilty? Of course - when I see little ones running around eating nothing but honey combs and potato chips at 10:30 AM, I may cringe a little. I confess. However, I don't really care, cause it isn't my kids. How do I know that kid didn't eat a wheat germ laden fruit salad on her way to the pool? I don't. So, I don't judge. Well, I try not to.
Why is it so bloody competitive out there, to out do all the other moms? It's war, it's Snack Wars!!
Bring it on, I have fresh strawberries, and a some chocolate chip Bear Paws
. What are you bringing?