|The First Beautiful Daughter & The Favorite Son|
None of this is particularly unusual; The First Beautiful Daughter is exceptionally responsible. Although she loaded up on honors and Advanced Placement classes this year, I continue find her name listed on the high school honor roll when it’s published in the local paper.
When I saw my lovely young lady working at the table, I permitted myself a self-satisfied smile. However, the reason for my smile was as much for my admiration for The First Beautiful Daughter’s work ethic as it was for the snack she enjoyed while she worked: she nibbled from an open bag of roasted, lightly salted almonds.
I don’t know if it’s the chicken or the egg, but The First Beautiful Daughter is, in fact, beautiful, physically, fit, and intelligent. Her snack decision, rather than a high carbohydrate and/or high sugar content snack, she made the healthier choice of a high protein, low carbohydrate food. Is she beautiful, fit, and intelligent because she makes good eating decisions, or does she make good food choices because she is beautiful, fit, and intelligent?
|Better than high carbohydrate snack foods: roasted and lightly salted whole almonds|
No, I didn't have any FUNYUNS in the house, so The First Beautiful Daughter's choice wasn't quite so stark. Still, I did have some whole wheat pretzels and flavored mini rice crisps, which are relatively better than most other processed snack foods. Still, my young lady made a great choice.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s the egg or the chicken, and you, single father, can affect your children's choices. Before you reach for those bags of cheese doodles, potato chips, or other processed snack “food” at the grocery store, remember The Single Father’s Golden Rule, “If you don’t bring junk food home in your grocery bags, you and your children won’t eat it!” They'll see the decisions you'll make and, very likely, will emulate your behavior.
After all, the almond doesn't fall far from the tree.
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