The GFCF Adventure -Reparenting Ourselves

March 26, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Posted in Birthday Parties, GFCF | Leave a comment
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This blog was originally written in December of 2007, but I wanted to repost it after watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. Food is such a big deal. To all of us. When did it stop being about nutrition and become about fitting in and feeling comfortable and feeling LOVED? I hope Jamie Oliver can be helpful in reparenting all of us where food is concerned. I am still working on it.

Dec. 14, 2007

We went to a holiday party tonight and one of my son’s friends (they are both 4 1/2) gleefully broke her roll in two pieces and a placed one half on my son’s plate. She said, “Here, a Christmas present for you!” and she smiled like she had bestowed the Frankincense and the myrrh! I tried really hard not to over react. I wanted to sand blast his plate, to make sure it was crumb free, but I was really aware of my son watching my reaction, so I asked him, “Is that something you can eat?” He looked at me and looked at her and then said sheepishly, “No, I can’t eat that.” Then there was a long conversation with the little girl about how some people can’t eat certain things. We started listing off the things that my son can’t eat – but for everything I said that he couldn’t eat, he told her something that he could eat – completely without prompting – and that was when it occurred to me that I might be doing a better job raising him than I am raising myself.

I’m always trying to put things in terms of what he can do instead of the opposite… but there I was listing all the things he couldn’t eat, while he reminded me of all the things he can eat. Later on in the night he suddenly launched himself at me and gave me a huge hug and a slobbery kiss as he said. “I love you Mama!” right before he ran off to play with his friends. I was reminded of what an adventure we are on. And adventures aren’t always easy – but they are always worthwile!

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