Enabling

My daughter was snacking heartily from a bag of cheddar Goldfish crackers. This after complaining she was hungry, even though she had just finished lunch. That girl can eat. She reached in, fishing for another. Kindly, she offered it to me.

“You hungry, Mommy?”, Abby asked.

“No, thank you. You can eat those, they’re for you”, I said.

Abby was unsatisfied with my answer, however. She continued standing before me stoically, searching my facial expressions for any signs of impending weakness. Surely, my mind would change. My daughter was determined to give me a damn cracker. A 3 year old enabler.

“Fine”, I relented. “I’ll take just one. But only one.” Because there’s always room for at least one Goldfish.

“OK, just one”, my daughter cheered, opening the bag wide enough to fit her head inside. Then, a single cheesy cracker fish swam into the palm of my hand. And then another.

Those fish, they just kept swimming uncontrollably.

Before I knew it, I was holding on to a handful of small orange Goldfish, with a little girl pushing more into my mouth. When I clearly remember specifying I only wanted one. Just one. The magnificent powers of persuasion. Not to mention a really cute kid. Then, half the bag was gone. How does that happen?



7 Responses

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    Stacia says:

    My little one shares the pretzels from his Chex mix. But only because he doesn’t like them and the dog won’t eat them. Makes me feel so loved. =>

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    From: C. (Kid Things)
    on January 12th, 2012

    @Stacia, Aw, you get the leftovers! How sweet!

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    FireMom says:

    Oh, you captured this moment so beautifully. I think we’ve all been there. In fact, I let my friend’s daughter put a soggy bite in my mouth the other day because I just couldn’t resist her any longer.

    Wonderful post. :)
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    From: C. (Kid Things)
    on January 12th, 2012

    @FireMom, I try to avoid the soggy ones, but sometimes it just can’t be helped.

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    Tiffany says:

    That’s happened to me before too…I don’t mind if it’s Girl Scout cookies. ;)
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    From: C. (Kid Things)
    on January 12th, 2012

    @Tiffany, Or anything chocolate. Though that can get messy.

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    I know! What is it with preschoolers wanting to feed their mothers? Pretty cute, actually. :)
    Missy | The Literal Mom’s latest post: Do You Have this Problem?

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