Do any of you have this problem at your house?
Yeah. The nits would live on breakfast cereal if I let them. And sometimes I do. So I buy a lot of breakfast cereal.
Trouble is, someone doesn’t always close up the box, and the cereal gets stale. It’s so easy to roll down the inner wrapper and then close the box. Who would just walk away and leave the box open to the elements?
The boy says he doesn’t do it. The girl says she doesn’t do it. I certainly don’t.
But somehow the box doesn’t get closed up properly and the cereal within gets stale. The kids then refuse to eat it. Because who wants to eat stale cereal?
Mommy doesn’t. But she will anyway. Because she’s Mom. And she has to buy this stuff, week after week. And she doesn’t want to see it go to waste.
Is she annoyed? Hell yeah. Because why should she have to eat stale Joe’s O’s all of the time? She puts the damn food on the table! She should be able to eat fresh Joe’s O’s AND the blueberries AND the last strawberry too. And should she have to hide the $4 basket of raspberries just so she can have a small handful to use in her morning yogurt? NO, she shouldn’t.
She shouldn’t have to wash every bowl in the pantry over and over and over all day long either. What’s wrong with these kids? They can’t close cereal boxes? They can’t wash a bowl?
The problem is so pathetic that Marisa brought over a set of new plastic containers. “Put the cereal in these and they won’t go stale,” she said, regarding me with pity. When neighbors take it upon themselves to stage an intervention, you know it’s gotten out of hand.
I gestured feebly at the other boxes of cereal. Those on the table. Those in the cupboard. “But what about all these?” I asked.
“Throw them out,” she said. “They cost $2 a box. Let it go and start fresh.”
I’ve heard that advice before. My problem with socks is a little better, thanks. But the school year is only now about to start. Talk to me in a few weeks about where all the matching socks went.
And talk to me in about three weeks about how many boxes of cereal I’m still buying.