Friday, October 7, 2011

Have you met my mortal enemy?

Good day everyone, Have you met my mortal enemy? The BMI chart. I have many reasons for my disdain for this chart. Before everyone gets up in arms, this is just MY opinion. I get that it has a purpose and I get that it is a GOOD thing. But everything is good in moderation.

Here is part of my reason. On more than one occasion I have gotten a call, "Hello, I would like to order some cupcakes for my child to bring to school for their birthday." But thanks to that LOVELY chart above and tons of new rules, most schools no longer allow this. So I advise the parent to call the school and ask if this is still allowed. I have yet to be wrong.

When I was a kid, we got to have cupcakes, cookies, or if you had the super cool mom, a Hoodsie!! I like to think of it as harmless fun. It was a break from the normal day. I learned some social skills and the birthday kid got to feel special for 15 min or so. Sometimes we even skipped recess for it and no one ever complained. If it was a big month for birthdays, they picked a Friday and everyone celebrated the same day. What I never realized until recently was that for the children who had struggling parents, that WAS their birthday party. All their friends were there, they had their cake or other treat and it was a happy time, no matter how short. Now a days, kids hand out pencils or other whatsits which is really nice, I mean you can always use another pencil. But are the memories as awesome? Is it REALLY that big of a deal a cupcake? And no I am not getting into the whole allergy issue here....

So thank you BMI chart for robbing MY children of those memories... Looks like they will get their baked goods and warm fuzzy fun here at home with me, where the only thing you are used for, is a dart board!