The Opinionated Foodie: The Love (or Not) of Food and Everything That Goes with It


Two All Beef Patties, Special Sauce, blah, blah, blah

Sometimes, even those of us who can cook (or can pretend to cook) go through the drive-thru. No shame in it. Heck, I bet even Paula Deen herself goes to Taco Bell. There is just something so fun about telling somebody exactly what you feel like eating and then getting it without even leaving the car. Awesome.

Today, we went to the Golden Arches for lunch. My kids were awarded free Happy Meals for reading over one hundred books through our library’s summer reading program. That’s right. One hundred books. I am one proud momma.

Someone asked me, though, if I felt weird about it. “With the obesity we have in America, aren’t you worried about feeding your kids through a window and rewarding them with food?”

Nope. Not in the least.

As we pulled away from the window, I remarked to my two in the backseat that their Happy Meals might taste a little different.

“Why?” One asked.

“Because you earned it.”

We then drove to the pool where they swam furiously for two hours.

For the time being, I am not worried about obesity in my children. They are active, smart people, and food makes them happy. Likewise, I am happy when I feed them something, and they eat the whole thing. We’re far from perfect, but we are pretty happy. That counts for a lot.

Food equals love equals happiness equals fun in my book. I want my two to continue to have all those things. So, no, over-protective-rice cake-eating friend, I don’t feel bad about it.

Not in the least.


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