Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Please stop giving my child sugar!
I know the ad campaign for giving our kids sugar so that they'll have energy to make it through the long, tough day that is childhood is in full swing, but damnit anyway -- I would really appreciate it if the freakin' Costa Ricans would stop handing candy out to my kid! Yes, he's cute, and yes, he's a blond anomaly in a sea of brown-haired, brown-eyed people, but why the HELL don't people ask you before they hand your kid a sucker (lolly for you Brits) or a piece of taffy? Why? Because it's culturally a given that children should have sugar from the time they start eating "real" food. Costa Ricans start their kids on candy early, and soda pop as well. And let me tell you, there are a lot of fat, unhealthy-looking Costa Ricans running around this country. I'd prefer my son wasn't one of them. My kid, at 3, is already starting to get cavities, partially because I breastfed him for 2.5 years, but also because he had his first piece of candy at around one and a half from the girl at the store down the street, who just handed it to him without even bothering to ask esposo or myself. And today we went out to have lunch at one of my very favorite spots. My son is at that "I can do it!" age, so I let him take my credit card up to the counter to pay the bill. The waitress though he was sooooo cute, that he must need a lolly. Damn, woman, thanks for asking! I certainly couldn't take it away from him (ever tried to take candy from a kid? the screaming commences not long afterwards). I just wish people would have the consideration to ask first, and not assume. You know? I'm more than a little irritated.
at 7:04 PM