365 Reasons to Smile – Day 73
As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved to eat. I’m just lucky I had a mom who either didn’t love food as much as I do or who had much more restraint.
Either way, my childhood was one of nutritious meals, fresh fruits and vegetables and almost no junk food.
Except when I went to play with friends.
They had junk food at their houses, and I thought they were the luckiest kids in the world.
I’ll never know if their moms felt sorry for my lack of access to junk food or if they felt guilty for providing it for me. In all honesty, I’m pretty sure it was a combination of both.
On particularly memorable day, I was playing with Kathy Loomis. For some reason, my brother was there too, and Kathy’s mother just kept feeding us. And we just kept eating.
She must have felt guilty, because right after she gave us glazed doughnuts, she took out a new contraption. She told us it was a recorder and that if we talked into it, it would record exactly what we said.
She demonstrated this by clicking a button, holding a microphone to our mouths and asking my brother and me what we’d eaten that day.
In the obedient nature of six-year-old and four-year-old children, we answered her questions with enthusiasm. We listed all of the “forbidden foods” we’d eaten. She then responded, on tape, “That was a lot of food.”
When she said that, I put aside the half-eaten doughnut.
A short time later, my mom came to take us home, and Mrs. Loomis played the recording. In our own voices, we listened to ourselves recite all of the forbidden food that we had eaten that day.
Even at age four, I knew I’d been had.
Mrs. Loomis must have been feeling guilty, and she had tricked Sean and me into confessing our sins.
After Mrs. Loomis played the recording for my mother, she retrieved my half-eaten doughnut and handed it to me.
Needless to say, I had lost my appetite.
To this day, I’m not a big fan of doughnuts.
But the lesson I learned that day always makes me smile. I would never again be so willing to do something I would later regret admitting.
Day 73: Learning From Our Mistakes Day 72: Live Music
Day 71: Sleeping In Day 70: Grover Day 69: A Good Hair Day Day 68: A Sense of Community Day 67: Kindness Day 66: Living in a Place You Love Day 65: Gifts from the Heart Day 64: The Arrival of Fall Day 63: To Kill a Mockingbird Day 62: Green Lights Day 61: My Canine Friends Day 60: Differences Day 59: A New Box of Crayons Day 58: Bookworms Day 57: Being Oblivious Day 56: Three-day Weekends Day 55: A Cat Purring Day 54: Being a Unique Individual Day 53: Children’s Artwork Day 52: Lefties Day 51: The Neighborhood Deer Day 50: Campfires Day 49: Childhood Crushes Day 48: The Words “Miss You” Day 47: Birthday Stories Day 46: Nature’s Hold on Us Day 45: Play-Doh Day 44: First Day of School Pictures Day 43: Calvin and Hobbes Day 42: Appreciative Readers Day 41: Marilyn Monroe’s Best Quote Day 40: Being Silly Day 39: Being Happy Exactly Where You Are Day 38: Proud Grandparents Day 37: Chocolate Chip Cookies Day 36: Challenging Experiences that Make Great Stories Day 35: You Can’t Always Get What You Want Day 34: Accepting the Fog Day 33: I See the Moon Day 32: The Stonehenge Scene from This is Spinal Tap Day 31: Perspective Day 30: Unlikely Friendships Day 29: Good Samaritans Day 28: Am I a Man or Am I a Muppet? Day 27: Shadows Day 26: Bike Riding on Country Roads Day 25: When Harry Met Sally Day 24: Hibiscus Day 23: The Ice Cream Truck Day 22: The Wonderful World of Disney Day 21: Puppy love Day 20 Personal Theme Songs Day 19: Summer Clouds Day 18: Bartholomew Cubbin’s Victory Day 17: A Royal Birth Day 16: Creative Kids Day 15: The Scent of Honeysuckle Day 14: Clip of Kevin Kline Exploring His Masculinity Day 13: Random Text Messages from My Daughter Day 12: Round Bales of Hay Day 11: Water Fountains for Dogs Day 10: The Rainier Beer Motorcycle Commercial Day 9: Four-Leaf Clovers Day 8: Great Teachers We Still Remember Day 7: Finding the missing sock Day 6: Children’s books that teach life-long lessons Day 5: The Perfect Photo at the Perfect Moment Day 4: Jumping in Puddles Day 3: The Ride Downhill after the Struggle Uphill Day 2: Old Photographs Day 1: The Martians on Sesame Street
Posted on September 17, 2013, in Family, My life, perspective and tagged 365 reasons to smile, childhood, food, lessons, memories, mistakes, musings, perspective. Bookmark the permalink. 119 Comments.