A friend posted on Facebook a link to foodpolitics.com (by author Marion Nestle) about her fight to make sure schools serve healthy, wholesome lunches. So I read that site and also ended up at ecoliteracy.org and angrymoms.org -- great resources, great points. I got all pumped up, thinking, Of course the schools shouldn’t be giving our kids junky food; why can’t the cafeterias serve whole fruit and vegetables, fresh bread and unprocessed meat? What’s wrong with people?!
Then I remembered I packed my kid a Lunchables last week. And it’s been 7 months since the bread maker broke, and instead of replacing it I’ve started liking the weird spongy grocery store bread that never, ever molds. And Oreos have become our favorite “special” dessert lately. I’m so much worse than a school that offers pork rinds out of a vending machine. I might as well be spooning out the mac’n’cheez and chicken-part nuggets onto my child’s plate at the lunch line.
I’m able to keep the bad-mom, bad-citizen guilt in check with a sheepish giggle because I know this: We try, hard. My kids eat well most of the time. My son’s school has an excellent lunch program, which he doesn’t buy from because of his food allergies. So we pack, every day. And every once in a while, he’s going to get a Lunchables. I’ll make up for it by serving him a piece of my homemade, dry (but nutritious!) brown bread for breakfast the next day*.
* The new bread maker arrived before I had a chance to post this…yeah!