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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

When Did I Become The Crust Eater?

Something strange struck me the other evening. As I proceeded to gobble up my daughters leftover dinner, I wondered...."when did I become the designated eater of things no one else wants?" It isn't uncommon to see me munching on remaining sandwich crusts....the chewed on, sucked dry, thin layer of pizza crust....the veggies gently removed from the casserole.....ETC. In Fact, it is very common. How did this happen to me, and am I the only one? Do other mamas find themselves munching on the rejects?

Here's a lovely example. This first picture is the yummy engish muffin pizza I presented to my toddler.

This Second picture represents what was left on her plate, and in turn it was part of my dinner.

I am certain plenty of you are turning up your nose...and reading this with an ever increasing belief in my freakism, but I can't help but wonder if some of you find yourself a little bit relieved YOU aren't the only one.

What possesses me to eat these things? I suppose it is fairly straight forward and simple. I CAN'T WASTE FOOD! I just can't. I shutter to see that perfectly good food going to waste. I refuse to feed it to the dog, because it only increases her annoying begging behavior that drives me nuts. I refuse to just dump it in the garbage disposal, as I hate to unneccessarily fill up my septic tank. I hate throwing it over our fence into the back wooded area of our property, however if I don't eat it, this is where it goes. I console myself by thinking of the raccoons, birds, and opposums that do a little happy dance when they find the half eaten muffin in the bushes. I am certain that they are appreciative, but usually, I just eat it myself. It makes me stop to think, "why is it better that I eat it, instead of an animal?" How does MY eating it, not waste it?

I have recently become aware of the fact that my own child's slobber must not bother me the even tiniest bit. Who knows how many things I have eaten that were once in her mouth. (Honestly, how many of you just gagged?) Seriously, she has a lovely habit of putting something in her mouth, decides it doesn't pass the inspection,and deposits it back on her plate. Why on earth would I consume that? Well....ummmm....I don't know. Maybe I figure that her spit is really just my spit, since she is technically part of me, right? makes sense to me at the time. Don't look at me like that!

There are plenty of reasons I wish I would just stop doing this, and just feed the darn backyard wildlife, however, the most convincing one is my weight. Honestly, I eat enough off my own plate. I don't need to finish off anyone else's. Get a grip woman. Be the racoon's best friend and start chucking it over the fence. Fling it into the bushes, and imagine it feeding some sweet little baby birds. Isn't that better than getting FAT off the soggy, licked, picked, and violated rejects?

I think I can...I think I can...I think I can!

23 Live It or Love It:

Amanda said...

Funny, funny! You should ask Megan about my eating habits! I order several things for me and the kids to share... it usually all gets consumed, with me usually the last one to eat!

Boricua in Texas said...

Corey, you are not alone! I do that all the time, especially as Isabel has been quite a picky eater lately. Once Gabe told me "you're not her trash disposal, don't feel obligated to eat everything she leaves."

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

Oh my GOSH, Corey! I am laughing so much right now, not AT you, definitely with you. I do the EXACT same thing. is it a mama thing? I don't know. I just know that last night, for example, we had sugar snap peas with dinner. Dacey only wanted the peas inside the shells, so I of course ate the lonely snap shells she left behind. Why?!

And I agree totally on your philosophy of why our children's slobber doesn't bother us. She came from me . . . her spit is my spit. I know that is so medically unsound and not really the case, but it's honestly how I see it.

Deb said...

LOL, I am the 'official' crust eater at my house - my girls always remember to give me their pizza crusts and I can never seem to help finishing the little bits and pieces left on their plates...

Laura said...

Hmmm...yeah, see here's where my Mama nature collides with my ingrained, born fear of saliva. I will eat after Maya, but not if that piece of food has been actually IN her mouth, if that makes sense. Nothing soggy please. Ok, I just gagged. If we go out for ice cream and Mark has to lick Maya's cone in order to get it under control...well, I just can't think about it! But believe it or not, I actually do better with her spit germs than anyone else's. I'm truly a freak. As me if I eat cake at a child's birthday party after the candles have been blown out...NOPE! LOL

Autumn said...

LOL!! Yep.. fellow slobber eater here too! And really, think about doing that after someone elses child. Ewwwwww!
Don't feel alone and freakish. I'm right there with ya.
I however have a husband who is even a bigger piggy than me.. so I usually shove it all his direction.
Thanks for the morning laugh.:)

Sara@Sarandipity said...

I'm sometimes the crust eater, depending on the food, how much I've already eaten, and how slobbery it is. I don't have a problem with Logan spit most times, but just can't bring myself to eat anything that is soaked in spit, not even my own...blech!

Have you thought about having a compost pile? You wouldn't be eating all the leftover bits (and risk that pesky weight gain) and you would be giving back to the earth by making dirt that maybe you and Kenna can use to plant a nice flower garden.

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Lori said...

You are so funny! My uncles used to call my grandma "garbage disposal" bc she did the same thing. I am with Laura in my fear of saliva, so I do not eat after my children. Not even off of the same fork unless it's necessary!

Andrea said...

Oh Corey! Thanks for the chuckle! That was a very fun post to read! I'm somewhere in the middle...more like Sara! =)

Corey~living and loving said...

Thank you everyone for commenting. I appreciate feeling like I am not the biggest freak of a mama out there. LOL

Meghan said...

I've ALWAYS been a crust eater. In fact, I'm always disappointed when people DON'T leave them behind. I feel like I'm gonna be striking gold with Xan in the future!

I also like the skin on the top of the cream of wheat. Yuh. Mee.

The Snipes said...

I do the exact same thing! Only usually it's the mushrooms out of spaghetti or off pizza that no one around here wants that I gooble up!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Corey, thanks for visiting my blog. My daughter is 27 months old, so they are about the same age. I totally know what you mean about wondering when these odd things we do as moms suddenly became normal. It's a whole new world when you become a parent!

Pam said...

Ha, ha! I am with you 100 percent on this one!

Mary Ann said...

Guilty here too. Just last night I was thinking about this. Sam had a delicious piece of pizza from the mall food court, but I don't give him the crust. So I found myself stuffing it in my mouth on my way to dump the tray in the trash!

Anonymous said...

OMfrigginG that is funny!

I also eat the (non-masticated) rejects but I could have written Laura's comment about this word for word, esp the b-day cake after the kid has blown out the candles. :D

Eden said...

Lol! Corey, you are too funny. I guess, I am sorta the rare source. After taking microbiology in college, I quit eating off other peoples plates, etc. Now that I have a toddler, I do struggle with throwing her leftover food away. I either save it for her next meal, or just toss it. I seriously can't gain any more weight!! lol I simply can't help being grossed out from eating off other peoples plates. Although, it doesn't bother me to see others do so; just myself.
Thanks for stopping by. Start your 100th post list little by little. You'll be amazed at what comes to mind. lol

Unknown said...

Great post!

I do it all the time.
I too hate throwing away food.

So it's an international mom's thing. LOL!

Unknown said...

You are DEFINITELY not alone!! I eat all the leftovers from my three kids (actually, both my husband and I do!). And I don't know why, either! LOL!

Michelle said...

I know what you mean! While I don't finish all of Kayla's leftovers, I do hate to waste food too and sometimes find myself eating what she's left!

I wanted to thank you so much for your comment and kind words on my post the other day!

KatieBug said...

I eat after everyone. If my husband or my friends have something that looks tastey I snag a bite. I try not to eat things that have been chewed and I won't chew other peoples used gum. A girl has to have limits. :)

we are reilly said...

You are on to something...I too eat the 'leftovers' in our house. I don't have too much of a weight issue...yet, but I am destined to be overweight (hereditary). I think I eat all the letfovers because when I was growing up, the rule at my house was always, "CLEAN YOUR PLATE! YOU WILL STAY IN THAT CHAIR UNTIL ALL THE FOOD IS FINISHED".....bad eating habits...but a hard habit to break!

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