I confess. In the mornings when Yianni is still in school and I am running around town trying to finish 10 errands in less than 2 hours while dragging along sweet & precious Iliana, I bribe her with all kinds of crap the minute she starts whining to avoid a total public meltdown.
Since she is deprived from all fatty and cholesterol boosting foods from the moment Yianni steps his foot into our home, the morning tricks and snacks I give her include the following variety: a lollipop in all sorts of shapes and colours (her favourite being the melody lollipop which you can play a
very lame tune with), gummy bears (like mother like daughter, shame on me), chewing gums and the beloved kinder chocolate egg with the surprise toy inside – which usually gets diplomatically thrown away the same evening or a couple of days later (tops).
Today was no exception.
We went to the grocery store and we were both hungry. BIG MISTAKE. Clearly nobody can think straight when hungry.
While I was trying to choose between the 1,526 different cooked and smoked hams available, I asked the stupidest question only an ignorant client could ask the clerk behind the counter: which one is the healthiest?? yes, THAT stupid. What I deeply appreciated was her prompt and blimp reply: NONE! She belongs to my kind of people! The honest kind! After I devoured the junkiest of all salamis (no, I didn’t steal it, it was kindly offered to me as a
marketing trap for the weak treat for the clients) I decided to head towards the check out as I realized that if we stayed any longer I would be fooled into buying all sorts of things I didn’t really need (if you can’t relate to that, I envy your strength).
After one hour in the grocery store Iliana hit her turning point. I am in awe (not the good kind) every single time I see one of my children turn from lovely to nasty in a split of a second. She started the resentful whining of: mamaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, ich habe hungerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr (mom, I am hungry) which wasn’t really true as she had consumed a banana, 4 biscuits and two bottles of milk in the last two hours.
She turned her head and pointed at the zillion kinder chocolate eggs on display. I immediately gave in and felt less guilty as this was her asking and not Yiannis (when I had her cholesterol level tested I was thrilled that she had a normal rate and a bit sad at the same time as she will always be the privileged one who can eat anything she wants and her brother will always be the deprived one).
She chose, I bought, mom and daughter were happy. No harm done, right?
Until next time