Once upon a time there was a sweet, nurturing, diligent, caring and hardworking mother. She had two sons whom she raised with tender care from the moment they were born. She fed them at her breast and later made special baby food for them from organic fruits and vegetables that she lovingly chose at the Farmer’s Market. As they grew she packed tasty, healthy lunches for them to take to school, made them a good hot breakfast each day and prepared dinners that included a wide variety of veggies combined with delicious lean meats. She taught them about good health practices and proper nutrition… And because of this they grew strong in mind and body. Both were capable of sharp, nimble thought and both demonstrated unusual athletic skill.
One day the sweet, nurturing, diligent, caring and hardworking mother sent her children on an unsupervised trip to the grocery store. They were to pick up a few items like orange juice, eggs and flour. The flour was for a pie she was planning to make from scratch for the children to eat after dinner while watching the Superbowl (you see they weren’t deprived of occasional sweet treats). When they returned home she could hear great sounds of merriment floating up from the garage. She went down to see what delightful thing could cause all that beautiful laughter.
This is what she saw.
When the sweet, nurturing, diligent, caring and hardworking mother demanded an explanation the boys told her that she should be happy because they had made a great economic decision. The supermarket was running a special so if they bought two boxes of soda they got an additional three boxes for free. Never mind the fact that soda wasn’t on the shopping list or that it’s not even allowed at their house (they may only have it as a treat at restaurants and parties). They didn’t have an exact reason for adding the Hostess doughnuts or cupcakes other than they’d never had them before and they were SURE they were the best tasting things on the planet.
MORAL OF THE STORY
The sweet, nurturing, diligent, caring and hardworking mother has sons who may chop and stack firewood, shovel snow and detail automobiles (coincidentally, all of which they had a chance to demonstrate right after the trip to the store) but they may never, ever go grocery shopping alone!