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Sweet, Sweet McD's

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I was reading RGARCIA3803's blog, and it brought up a lot of things for me, so I thought I'd throw a blog out. Props to RG for sharing!

My parents have been alcoholics as long as I can remember. When I was in elementary school, sometimes my dad or stepmom would pick me up from school and take me to the bar with them. There I was, in my little private school uniform, sitting on a bar stool drinking Shirley Temples and eating lemons and limes. My husband doesn't believe me when I tell him that's how I spent my after school hours. It was actually a good memory for me at the time. I liked going there and playing video games---sometimes I even ASKED if we were going to the bar when they picked me up from school. Definitely not normal.

When I was in junior high and high school and I was old enough to stay home alone, my parents went out drinking all the time. I'd come home from school and there would be $5 on the kitchen table so I could walk down to McDonald's and get my own dinner. It was at the end of our street---only about five houses down---so it was automatically the babysitter. I was so irritated with them that I made sure I spent every penny of that money. I got a big value meal and a dessert and everything! And you'd better believe I ate every morsel. I don't think we ate a single meal together while I was in high school. It's no surprise that we barely talk to each other now. I've lived in Indianapolis for four years and my dad still has yet to visit. I thought his first grandson would be a draw, but apparently not enough.

Anyway, fast food has been my comfort food for a very long time. Sad that I've found comfort in grease, huh? However, since I've started SP, I think I've only had fast food two or three times. And that's over a month and a half! I used to get fast food two or three times a WEEK! Sometimes twice a DAY! Ugh.

Honestly, now that I'm writing this and connecting my attachment to McDonald's with such a lousy time in my life, it doesn't sound appetizing at ALL. In fact, I can't believe I didn't boycott the place before! Well...here's to Burger King!

Just kidding! I feel so much better not having fast food all the time. All I know is that I don't want to pass my poor eating habits onto my son---I don't want him growing up with the same issues I had! And thank the Lord that I am not a drinker like my dad and stepmom. It's only through God's grace that I didn't go down that path---I know He's been looking out for me all this time. He's good all the time!
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    How odd I broke down and ate McD's egg mcmuffin and hash browns this morning. I felt crummy for doing it, and then I was catching up on blogs and read yours. UGH, I now really don't want it again! So for that thank you. I think you are amazing for what you have grown up to be, and the gift of a great mom you are giving your son. You should be so incredibly proud of yourself. emoticon SE
    4440 days ago
    Isn't it amazing how things we live with as children truly impact our lives? I am just thankful that we have the opportunity to move on, and make better choices than we once had forced on us. Thank you for sharing this.

    4442 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/23/2009 11:31:16 PM
    wow, i can really relate to your childhood. my parents were very similar. i rode my bicycle home from school at a young age to an empty house. i made my own dinner from bologna and crackers, usually. my mom and stepdad would come in late in the evening after heading to the bar and i would have 'dinner' ready for them with wine and ice cubes. it's funny how you look back so many years later and realize that that probably wasn't normal!

    what's amazing is that we decided to never be like that....trying our hardest to be the best mommies ever! i think staying away from McD's helps us do that =)

    thanks for sharing emoticon
    4442 days ago
    Wow! You have been through a lot! It is good that you are figuring out why you do the things you do. You are making excellent choices. Keep it up.
    4442 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/23/2009 8:02:21 PM
  • RGARCIA3803
    Thanks for the props but I must say all the props go to YOU!! You know you are a strong woman when you survived all that and come out with a positive outlook. Great Job!! You son is very lucky to have a Great mother.
    4442 days ago
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