Today Parents reports that a 4-year-old Colorado child was sent to school with some Oreo cookies in her packed lunch. She returned with this critical note from the Food Police at school, who had obviously been monitoring what the kids ate:
The parents are pissed, and rightly so—even some of their friends became Leisure Fascists™! (my emphasis):
But Leeza Pearson of Aurora, Colo. thinks the school needs to butt out and said her daughter is perfectly healthy.
“We noticed last minute that we ran out of fruit or we would have put that in there instead,” the 22-year-old mom told TODAY.com. “So we threw some Oreos in there.”
Shocked by the letter, which stated that students need to have a “nutritious lunch” and snacks that don’t include Lunchables, chips or fruit snacks, Pearson vented online, and said she was surprised to see the fury it generated on social media.
Critics called the letter “ridiculous” and Pearson said she’s especially annoyed because the school recently asked parents to provide candy for a class party.
“I just got a bunch of outrage from friends I hadn’t heard from in years,” she said.
Here are the miscreants:
Those meddling people need to butt out! I remember that on the day that my mother died, I bought a pack of cigarettes. I used to smoke a bit in college, but hadn’t bought cigarettes in decades. I was so distraught that, I thought, the only thing that would calm me down was a pack of smokes. As I stood in line to buy them, some buttinski behind me proceeded to lecture me, saying, “You do know those things can give you lung cancer, don’t you?” And so on. I’ve never forgotten that jerk.
By all means crusade for healthier diets if you want. Lord knows Americans are way too overweight and many of them eat horribly on a regular basis. But do not single out people and lecture them for what they’re eating, smoking, or drinking. Chances are they already know the risks, and those lectures are the purview of one’s doctor, not strangers. This also goes for when I post photos of my meals on trips.