Tonawanda News — When I tell people I have two little boys, there’s about a 50/50 chance I’ll get one of two reactions.
One: “Oh, they’re so much easier than girls! I’ll take boys any day.”
(My mom, who raised one of each, agrees with this. I’ll leave that one alone.)
Two: “Oh, your grocery bills will be going up!”
I can’t argue with that, although I can’t actually speak to the comparative eating power of little girls. The boys are 8 and 4, and the weekly grocery budget already has become a figure to watch with trepidation. In part, that’s because it’s simply getting more and more pricey to put together a meal that actually includes things from all four food groups — as I’m sure you’ve noticed — and when you add in the need for haste due to a tricky family schedule, it gets even more complicated.
And part of it’s just because they can eat. A lot. Amazing amounts, really, for two little boys who are on the low to normal side of the weight charts ... though when I see the amount of energy they can exert in bouncing around the house, it’s less surprising.
Jim, at 8, has been known to put away more food than his father. I watched in awe as he consumed three (OK, smallish) bowls of chicken with vegetables and pasta the other days. Meat, bread, dairy products, even vegetables ... he’ll plow through it all and then look around for dessert. I put Brussels sprouts in front of him a few weeks ago and he ate those. Oatmeal (sometimes two bowls) is the requested breakfast. Fish is a newfound favorite. Chicken chili is a treat. Dessert is not usually a big deal, but milkshakes are the best thing ever.