18 September 2008
A comment left on the delightful Mrs. G's blog the other day made me giggle, and then sigh, because while clever, it made me realize that yes, I've got that little voice inside my head.
Mrs. G had solicited comments from her readers for advice for her college-bound daughter. One of the respondents suggested that Miss G listen to that little voice inside her head, y'know, the one that sounds like your mother?
I have a conglomeration up there, of my Dad, my Mother, my Swedish Mama, and my grandmothers, both of them.
My father despises fast food. Actually 'despise' isn't strong enough of a word. Abhors, that might come close. When we were kids and traveling in the car (which we did often, from Oh-hia-ia to Florida and from Oh-hia-ia to northern Michigan, and back again.) Dad would never want to stop at Mickey D's, BK, Taco Bell, or any of the other zillions of fast food outlets. On the very seldom occasions when we DID do a fast food joint, there was ABSOLUTELY no eating in the car. We went inside. Without fail, when we were done, Dad would wash his hands. Every time.
My sisters and I thought that was hilarious. As we moved to our teen-aged years, it was a reason to roll our eyes. Vociferously.
And then. Of course. I have started to feel the same way. I had a quick taco at Taco Bell the other day, and when I was finished eating it, I wanted to not only wash my hands, but I also contemplated a second shower. Ugh. Gross.
I avoid fast food as much as I am able, but modern hectic life means that sometimes, that's what you do. I try to make the best choices I can among the very bad options, minimizing my fat intake, and trying to keep my daily caloric count down, too. But recently, I've started to feel that ugh-I-need-to-cleanse-myself-of-this-grease feeling after even just an Iced Coffee from Mc D's.