I have never seen any children eat as much as my daughter’s children. I have accused her of not feeding them before they come over just to help with her food budget, but I’ve observed them at their house, too, so I know that is not valid. These children can down some food.
That brings me to February 26. The kids were over while Dena (my daughter/their mom) was at a doctor’s appointment. They had already eaten first breakfast at their house and were, of course, starving when they arrived here. I gave them a light second breakfast – poptarts, fruit and yogurt. That held them for the next hour and a half until lunch.
Lunch couldn’t come soon enough for these starving children. They downed their sandwiches, grapes, more yogurt, crackers and fruit snacks for dessert. And that’s when it happened. Six-year-old Ella said, “I’m full.”
The air was immediately sucked out of the room. Spoons dropped and all eyes focused on her. “What did you say?” I asked in disbelief.
“I’m full,” she replied. As the words came from her mouth I could see even the sound of them was strange to her ears. She looked confused and content all at the same time.
It was a wonderful moment that lasted about two hours at which time I heard, “Grandmom, can I have a snack?” Alas, moments are fleeting.