Mentally Scarred By My Mom

by beagooddad on November 12, 2007

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Way back when, when I was 4 or maybe just barely 5, I was eating a bowl of Malt-O-Meal. I believe it was their chocolate variety. A few bites in, I sneezed and was pretty convinced that the snot flew into the bowl. Unfortunately, with something like Malt-O-Meal, it is hard to discern between a little snot and the actual food.

I tried to tell my mom what happened, but she wasn’t buying it. This was either in the final weeks before my sister was born or the first couple months afterward so she probably had more important things on her mind.

I cried, I begged, I probably even yelled. But in the end, she made me eat it.

It was the last time I ever ate Malt-O-Meal or any oatmeal type cereal. I’ve tried to stomach some a couple times over the year but never made it past a second spoonful. I was clearly mentally scarred by my mom.

Until today.

I just ate a bowl of Brown Sugar Cinnamon oatmeal, the entire bowl, without throwing up or even gagging once. I had to eat it fast and not think about what I was doing.

No, I’m not in therapy to address my childhood demons. I’m just trying to eat a little more healthily. I’m hoping to find a few things that I can eat besides a giant bowl of ice cream or an entire row of Oreos. The oatmeal had 120 calories in it which is a huge improvement over most of my snacks. Plus, isn’t oatmeal supposed to be good for your heart?

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