Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Sound of Snickers



Now, I am not on a diet, but anyone who has children should know what I mean when I say that I still have to sneak treats sometimes. As soon as children are old enough, they want a bite of whatever you are eating (usually even the healthy stuff), and then if they happen to like it, one bite is never enough. There are days that I get something out for myself and scarcely get a bite, what with three other hungry little mouths. Ivory is by far the worst. She asks for food all day whether or not I am eating, so if I get something out, she figures half of it should be hers to begin with. Also, if she sees my mouth moving (as in chewing) she knows what I am up to and she will ask, "What is in yous mouth?" (Yes, she says yous, not your). I have learned to eat in the pantry, behind the island, or best of all, when they are asleep.
Most of the time I don't mind sharing, but sometimes I treasure a treat by myself. Tyler recently purchased a large box of Snickers (my favorite) that he planned to take to work. I thought I might help myself before they left the house. I didn't really want to wait until everyone was in bed, so I surveyed the situation: Ivory was watching TV and I figured I could eat it behind the island. So I opened the wrapper...

I kid you not; her head whipped around. "Mom, what are yous doing?"
I was totally caught red-handed, so I quickly tucked the Snickers in a drawer where she couldn't see. Then I walked toward her showing my empty hands and said, "Nothing."
She was totally unconvinced. She looked at me for a minute, then said, "What's in yous mouth?" My goodness, but this girl sure knows the sound of candy being unwrapped. She knew something had been opened and she wanted her share.
I finally convinced her that I didn't have anything and she went back to the movie. And I was able to go back to my candy which was fortunately already unwrapped. I did feel a little more guilty than usual for not sharing. After all, that is quite a talent she has for identifying food from across the room with background noise. I will have to be much more sneaky in the future.

8 comments:

KA said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who eats when my child is asleep so I don't have to share.

raging stallion said...

Lying to your children? Really!

Ok, I'm guilty of actually slouching down behind the island to get below the gaze of any children passing by. Then I make loud noises like shuffling the pans or dragging the stool purposely vibrating its little rubber feet, so as to cover the unwrapping I'm doing. (This is not easy to do: try unwrapping something AND rustling the pots at the same time!)

It's like we're perfect for each other.

Chelle! said...

Oh, I loved that story. Ivory is so cute when she arrives at work and goes right for the candy dish.

Desmama said...

I totally do this too! I'll unwrap something as surreptitiously as I can in the pantry. It's a good way to test my child's hearing, really. My children can't hear my voice in the same room, but if I lift the flap of a Butterfinger even a millimeter, they are instantly next to me, asking for some. It's insane. Good to know I'm not alone.

Gryglas in the West... said...

ellie is getting the same way - more, more, more...she won't stop saying it when there is something that she like (mainly sweets though!). Ivory makes me laugh...she has a keen sense of hearing for food. love it!

Katie Phelps said...

So Funny! :)

¡Vieve! said...

This is why I think food should be wrapped in quieter wrappers!

Stacy said...

Over the years, I have learned not to hide food from children, but from David. If I bought a treat, I would have to hide it for the first few days so I would have a chance to have some before
David discovered the treasure and finished the whole thing off in one sitting.
I do that with Ashton's goodies now. I hide them from David so that Ashton can enjoy them for a week or so before David gets his hands on them.