Sunday, March 28, 2010


99 Pounds

My three daughters collectively weight 99 pounds. Not only are they young, they are scrawny.

I have a good friend who has three boys, all in high school, all in sports. We laughingly compare our children’s eating habits.

My daughters can share a Red Robin mac and cheese dinner and be full. Her sons order two McDonalds meals a piece and are still hungry. It takes a week for us to go through a loaf of bread and gallon of milk. She goes through two a day. My kids eat ham by the thin slices, she buys whole cows and pigs for her sub-freezer.

Last week, the discrepancy of my situation, compared to others, really hit home as I ran into Rebekah’s former kindergarten teacher.

Rebekah’s teacher is known all over our area as the woman who has adopted 26 kids.

I ducked into the store to buy a fast dinner on a Friday night. As I was standing in the express line with my medium sized container of honey chicken (which would be enough to feed all four of us – Dave being gone), I looked over and there was Mrs. Hehn and her husband, with a shopping cart full to the brim with food.

“This is dinner for tonight!” she said to me.

I didn’t have the heart to hold up my container of Chinese food and tell her the same.

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