I was in charge of snacks today for DD’s volleyball game. Thanks to my Community Supported Agriculture pack I got yesterday I had some strawberries to share! I’ll have to post on the CSA again soon but short update is, I love it!
As you might recall, I switched the kids and I to “real food” almost one year ago and I am finding it is these group events that are the most challenging. I portioned out strawberries and grapes for the nine girls on the team. I was pretty darn proud of myself b/c it would have been SO much easier to grab a box of cookies or candy like they usually receive and be done with it! As DD saw me packing the snacks she became worried. My 8-year-old was completely freaking out about the ridicule she would face with our choice in snacks. By my very nature I am not one to do something different b/c others say I should (and yes, I ‘ll say it for all of you–this in a doubled edged personality trait!), I encouraged her that this was a great snack and that her teammates would love it! She went on about Oreos and those fruit gummy things but I “gently” stood strong. DS was helpful in that he understands now the value of eating well so he encouraged DD to calm down.
I admit as I got to the game, I got nervous too! Even had a last second thought that I should drop the fruit and RUN! Isn’t that SAD? Isn’t that crazy that our culture has done this to us?! I found myself explaining my self in an apologetic tone. I quickly stopped THAT nonsense and got just as excited about fruit as the girls should be and it worked (mostly). There was one girl who asked for seconds and a couple of girls who only took the bag of fruit because their parents were nearby giving the evil eye. My daughter got stronger in the moment and I heard her saying that you get good energy and vitamins from this stuff!
And–I saved money! Fruit is SO much cheaper than the packaged crap! I had to really hold back from going on my food rant as we are new to this group. My friend who I’ve known a long time was very supportive and confessed that she wanted to do the same but her daughter “wouldn’t let her.” I have so been there but for today I stood strong.
Now I’m off to enjoy some strawberries and grapes! As I picture the scowls of some of those little girls and both laugh and cry a little.