It takes a child to bring something small and unnoticeable to be larger than life. ~Heather Piper
There’s no doubt Kyle is my sidekick, and there are times when I realize just how blessed I am to spend so much time with him. To really appreciate Kyle, you have to truly listen to him, and observe his facial expressions and body language. Then, and only then, can you really see him; you see his thinking, his thought process, and his logic. Let me tell you, he’s brilliant, and just plain FUNNY!
This story starts with a trip to WalMart about two years ago. I’m not a big fan of WalMart, but sometimes you have to make the trek into the disturbing waters to get something quickly. Kyle and I darted through and grabbed a few items in the grocery section.
Of course, it was sample day and they were handing out bite size General Mills Fiber One bars. Kyle turned to me, with that big grin on his face. Reading his guess I said, “Go ahead.” He took two little plastic cups with a morsel of a Fiber One bar in each. Gotta love that little man! He said one was for me, and one for him. Letting Kyle have them both made his day! First of all, that small gesture was so very sweet! And THAT made my day! As we proceeded through the store, Narrow went on and on and on and on about the Fiber One bars. He said, “These are so good, Aunt Heather! I love Fiber One Bars!” Then he proceeded to tell me, “Aunt Heather, I think they are good for me too.”
Now, I have to explain, over the years I’ve been trying to educate Kyle on nutrition, good and bad. I’m not a health nut by any means, but I think it’s important to be aware of nutrition. Kyle understands the basics like protein, fat, and sodium. I don’t totally discourage snacks, however, I do review the ingredients that he’s putting in his body, to help him understand so he can make his own choices with all the facts. He’s aware that in order to have a proper diet, he needs to eat fruit, vegetables, and protein daily. I also explained that eating snacks are fine in moderation. I’ve always encouraged daily exercise, that I set by example, and Kyle knows even a little bit of activity keeps the body burning those snacks and helps to counter obesity. I’ve showed Kyle how to read food labels when we’re eating and cooking, and certainly before purchasing any food item. Personally, I draw the line at fast food joints, and I will not concede to his requests, except Subway and sometimes Chick-Fil-A. I’m very honest with my little man, I’ve explained that the garbage served at fast food places is very detrimental to his health. Of course, he doesn’t like to hear it, but I’m not doing my job if I don’t educate him and help guide him to healthy habits.
Well, back to the story. As we went past the Fiber One sample pusher, Kyle gave me another smile again and said, “Hey Aunt Heather, can I get a box of Fiber Ones?” What could I say? He just spent the last 20 minutes describing how he LOVES them. I said, “Go ahead and get a box.” He snatched up a box, with a huge smile on his face, and put it into the cart. While shopping, he read the box and went on and on about how good they are for him and pointed out the key highlights like the fiber. I don’t know if he really knew what he was talking about, or he was trying to sweet talk me, but either way, it was a small gesture that he really appreciated. I appreciated him pointing out that he wanted to eat a healthy snack, whether it is or not, I don’t know.
As we loaded up the car with our grocery items, Kyle grabbed the box of Fiber Ones and started to eat them on our way back to my parent’s house, which is only a five-minute trip. While unloading the groceries, Kyle started telling my mom about the Fiber Ones, as he kept eating them. He took one into my dad and I heard him say, “Pap pap, look, these are good for me.” He said, “Pap pap these are so good, I love them.” My dad rolled his eyes, chuckled, and said something along the lines of, “What do you need all this fiber for?” Kyle cracks me up! Mom said, “I bet he’s going to find out about the Fiber Ones soon.” Next thing you know, Kyle ate the entire box of Fiber Ones! I asked him, “Did you eat the entire box?” He said, “Yep, I love them Aunt Heather.” O my! Of course, I have no room to talk, he’s taking after his Aunt Heather.
With this introduction to a new fiber filled snack, started a trend that has yet to cease and will become the topic of many conversations down the road. One day I’ll explain the other stories that stemmed from this one trip to the grocery store. Fiber was the word of the day.