Scenario one: a frenzied day where I got home late from work to find out the power had gone out at home and every last piece of food we had was spoiled. As she cried out of hunger I drive to the only place close by that was open with food. She would eat chicken McNuggets and french fries with water. Desperate times desperate measures type situation.
Scenario two: my daughter has reached the ripe old age of 13 and all her friends tease her about not having been there and take her there. (Variation: my sister decides to take her because it would be funny to be the first one to bring her there and be cool)
Here Is How It Happened
At the ripe old age of 4 years and three months she goes to daycare for a regular day except it is a friend’s birthday today. Most birthdays involve ordering pizza and having some sort of treat like cupcakes or cookies. An email went home the night before saying chicken nuggets would be served. I assumed the birthday boy was either lactose intolerant or one of those one in a million kids who does not like pizza.
I sent my daughter to school just like any other day getting her excited for the party like I do for all the other kids. I even mentioned that it was not going to be a pizza party but chicken nuggets.
When I picked her up just like any other day she did not talk much about the day. I grilled her with the typical questions of what did you do? What did you learn? And how was the birthday party? Her answers included grunts, whines, and the standard “OK” (she is like her Dad he is not chatty when he gets home from work either… me and her brother are the opposite, at least we have each other to chat with).
I did not think anything more of it, then after they were in bed I was going through their lunch boxes and I saw a Happy Meal toy in her bag. I am really embarrassed to admit that this is what I thought and continued to think it UNTIL THE NEXT MORNING: Wow these parents eat at McDonald’s a lot to have enough Happy Meal toys to give to the kids as favors!
I will give you some time to finish laughing… done yet… yup, I really thought that it was the favor. Then all of a sudden the next day it hit me. These parents brought each kid a Happy Meal for lunch!!! I went through a range of emotions but first it was disbelief. I thought I must be wrong who buys Happy Meals for kids at school. Then I went into investigation mode, I did not want to make a big deal about it so I asked my daughter a few questions.
Did your lunch yesterday come in a box? Yes
What color was it? Red with a yellow M on it
What was in it? Chicken nuggets, french fries, milk and apples which I did not eat and there was a toy in it.
Well that did not take long. I dropped it quickly I was not going to make it a big deal for her at this point it was just a birthday party and there was no connection between McDonald’s and food she could ask for again. I left it at that but I admit I am curious if she liked it, ate it all, or worse felt sick afterwards.
So here we are almost two weeks later and I am still thinking about it. I am sadder than I thought I would be that she had McDonald’s so young. To be honest this strong anti-McDonalds position came from my husband. Do not get me wrong I was not into feeding my kids McDonald’s but he is so strongly against it he asked me not to eat it when I pregnant. I know it is not the end of the world but it was a sign that I have to teach my kids to make good food choices because I cannot control what they eat all the time.
So what do I do next
- Make sure that all birthday parties at school are pizza and if they not ask where the food is coming from
- Keep my fingers crossed that it is another 4 years and 3 months till she has it again
- Stop writing about how my kids have not had McDonald’s as part of #momsnotlovinit campaign since now I am a hypocrite (even though I did not know it was happening).
What would you do if this happened to you?