Laugh Out Loud

kaylee-okay-ashley-feinstein-washburn2.jpgPicky eating is no laughing matter. It’s serious business, because it affects our children’s health. While that’s true, we need to laugh once in a while. That’s why today’s blog is devoted to laughing at ourselves.

Anna Fellows Johnson said, “Remember, men need laughter sometimes more than food.”

Don’t forget to laugh out loud! Even if you’re butting heads with your picky eater. After you laugh a little, purchase Baby Bites: Transforming a Picky Eater into a Healthy Eater.

Avery Jane is having a good laugh.

Chad Carpenter in his Tundra comic encapsulates today’s predicament for our children in a fairy tale format. “Due to the onset of diabetes, the old witch has forced to move from her gingerbread house to a whole wheat shack.”

This sign might make you think twice about eating here: “It Takes Many Ingredients to Make Burger King Great… But the secret ingredient is our people.” Cannibalism??? (Click Here for the latest update on Nonna’s Happy Meal Blog.)

We forget children are literal thinkers. I love Ruthie in A Big Happy by Rick Dietorie. She’s a precocious 6-year-old, who always says what’s on her mind. Daddy has taken Ruthie and her brother Joe out for breakfast in this comic strip:
Ruthie announces, “Daddy I wanna order by myself.”
“Okay, Ruthie” Daddy replies.

This is the dialog between Ruthie and the waitress:
“I’d like eggs PLEASE!”
“How would you like your eggs?”
“On a plate PLEASE!”
“No, I mean what kind of eggs do you want?”
“The sorta round kind that come from a chicken.”
“And how do you want them cooked?”
“On a stove would be fine.”
“Let’s try again. Do you want them fried, scrambled, poached…”
“I want dippy eggs! You know.”
“I suppose that’s over easy with a side of toast.”
“No, not just a side! I want the whole piece of toast, please.”
“Uh-huh. And what kind of toast do you want?”

At his point Ruthie’s exasperated daddy puts his hand over Ruthie’s mouth and says, “Surprise us!”

Picky eating isn’t limited to children. In Zits by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman, Jeremy, a teen, complains about the vegetable dejour. “Limp green cruciferous devil. You have the head of a flower, but the aroma of a gas station men’s room. O vile weed I reject you!” Then turning to his mom, he asks, “What are we having besides broccoli?”

This comic strip reminded me of my grandson Joshy. I was staying with the grandchildren and he explained how his mom handled meals, “If we have somethings dinnery for lunch, then we have something lunchy for dinner.” Made perfect sense to me! Bil Keane had the same idea in The Family Circus. Dolly tells her mom, “I’m feeling very lunchy right now, Mommy.”

We all have blind spots for our own shortcomings. This one is from Baby Blues by Rick Krikman and Jerry Scott. The family is eating dinner when Zoe announces, “My friend, Helen, gets twenty-five cents for every bite of vegetables she eats. “Daddy reacts, “What? Bribing a child with money to eat healthy food? That’s CRAZY! Now eat your broccoli, or you won’t get any dessert.


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