Temptation #2 in the week-long series on Temptations Only Mothers Know:
The After-The-Kids-Are-In-Bed Dessert
It's 9:30 and all is quiet upstairs. My 7 year old probably still has his nose in a book, but he won't be coming down again until morning. It's the time of day that I can eat whatever I want and no one is watching. For the first time. All day. There are occasions when I try to sneak something earlier in the day, but I inevitably get caught. It seems that my kids are just as good at sniffing out a treat as I am at sniffing out a poopy diaper. Unfortunately.
The problem is that when a person feels deprived, they often overindulge once they finally get that thing. No? Never happens to you? You obviously have the whole "will power" thing down, then. I can tell you are the spitting image of Frog from the short story "Cookies." (Frog and Toad: Cookies) We could all learn a lot from you, I'm sure.
The fact is that last night I was so stressed that I ate FOUR cookies. (Maybe it was all my angst at having let the washing machine run a load only 1/2 full since I didn't add the bucket of dirty towels and bibs? ;-) ) I like to soothe my conscience by telling myself that the cookies were only half the normal size, so it was really like eating two cookies. But, then, I like to follow that thought with the reminder that the REASON I made them half the normal size was so I would ultimately be eating less cookie. Clearly, I am at war with myself. But hey, I figure, as long as the pants fit, eat a cookie. Tonight, I'll just try to eat one instead of four.