I have a fear of sugar. I love it, and am personally a big fan of sugary num nums… but lets face it, sugar is addictive and is like going to Studio 54 when you are a kid. I know I can’t keep The Munch from it forever, but she has the rest of her life to deal with a sugar addiction.
So I figure if I never let The Munch taste sweets she won’t really know what she was missing. For instance, we once went to a birthday party where there were cupcakes with green frosting. Did they look delicious? Yes absolutely. But it was already 7pm and I didn’t feel like experimenting with how she was going to react, even though I knew she was being deprived. But lucky for me, Munch had no idea what all the other kids were happily devouring while their faces were covered in green sugary substances.
“Mamma they are eating avocado??”
“Mmmmm… Yes Munch they are.”
However, this morning I was so exhausted from my week-and then weekend from hell- that my high and mighty rules spiraled down the toilet. For breakfast we had strawberry pancakes from a restaurant that provided a cup of maple syrup to accompany them. Pretty standard policy, but Munch had never seen liquid sugar before.
“Mamma what’s that?”
“Nothing Munch… just eat your dry bland pancakes.”
“Is that dippy dippy for my pancakes?”
“You want to dippy dippy your pancakes in this?”
I am not a monster, (especially with such cute vernacular as dippy dippy) so I took a bite of pancake and just slightly dipped the tip in the syrup for her to get a taste.
“Mamma, I like it, I want more.”
“Okay Munch, here let Mamma do it so you don’t get too much.”
“No! Let Munchee do it! I want to do it. I want to dippy dippy.”
“Munch, let mamma do it, I don’t want you to get messy or eat too much.”
“I want to do it Mamma! Waaaahhhhhhaaaa”
“Fine, here, just dippy dippy a little at a time okay?”
And at first things were fine. In a very civilized manner she would dip her pancake in the cup of syrup and life seemed okay. So I spaced out, or looked at my phone… probably looked at my phone… fine I was definitely looking at my phone okay!? Gawd…. But when I looked up MUNCH WAS DRINKING THE SYRUP!! She literally drank the entire cup of maple syrup like it was vodka.
Sigh…. Just goes to show you that you cannot prevent the inevitable. Kids like sugar.
“Uhhhh yeah… pretty sure that syrup was awesome!”