I have an issue I have to deal with and the more time I spend with my four year old grandson the more it becomes apparent.
Last year when “Shrek 3” came out he got a Shrek doll from one of those fast food joints, I can’t remember which. Anyway I was sitting at my computer one evening, minding my own business and he comes up and looks at me, then looks at his Shrek. Looks at me again and says, “You have a belly just like Shrek, huh Bepoo (Bepoo is what he calls me instead of grandpa)? After that got around campus I spent the next month receiving Shrek trinkets in my mail box, and most of the staff asking how life in my swamp was.
About a month later, he was riding with his mother, and all of a sudden got this real sad look on his face and started pouting. His mom asked him what was wrong and he said, “What am I going to do?” She said, “what do you mean, what are you going to do?” He replied, “My Bepoo. If he keeps eating he is going to pop, and he’s the only bepoo that I’ve got. What am I going to do.” After she stopped laughing, she tried to reassure him that I was not going to pop, however it was a good month before he was able to let it go. It became a frequent topic of our conversations.
TODAY!! He was telling me about a friend of ours that is pregnant, very pregnant, like 8 months pregnant. He said, “Ms. Stacie’s belly touches the table.” He then looked at me and said, “Your belly is tall like hers, can you touch the table with your belly?” I said, “Sometimes, now leave me alone!!”
I weighed 180 pounds when I started as a houseparent in 1997, I now weigh 262. I know I have a problem and seriously need to do something about it. The problem is that the less expensive foods that are eaten in a children’s home are also the less healthy foods. A pound of rice is a lot cheaper than a pound of fresh broccoli. On top of that every business and organization in town thinks we need candy, treats and other sugar filled goodies on a regular basis. Plus, I am a huge stress eater. Nothing is better at the end of a day of confronting every kid in the cottage, and dealing with adults that make you want to pull your hair out, than a half gallon of ice cream.
Yep, sure is a problem. Maybe tomorrow I will do something about it