Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Evil Soda Machines
Diet Peach Snapple and chocolate IS a good breakfast, right? As I was sipping and nibbling my chocolate and Snapple this morning, I thought of all the changes happening in the school lunch programs. And I wondered if my mother would have been chastized by the powers that be had she sent me to school with Diet Peach Snapple and chocolate in my lunch? Would the gestapo have called her into the principal's office and lectured her on proper and nutritious lunches? I think not. Back then parents were allowed to be the parents.
The other day I read about a high school in Utah that was fined $17,000 by the feds (yes, the federal government). Wanna know why? Because they forgot to turn off their soda machines during the students' lunch periods. Yes. You read right. The soda machine. So, because the machines were left on during the lunch periods, students dropped their dollar into the machine and bought soda. And for that . . . $17,000 fine (which probably goes right into the fed's party coffer). The soda machines are allowed to be on all day long - - except the lunch hour. I don't know about you, but that doesn't make much sense to me. Students can buy soda in the morning and in the afternoon, after lunch. But not at lunch. Now, if a student were smart (and I think a lot of them are), they would just buy a soda in the morning and save it for lunch. Because they're not forbidden to DRINK soda at lunch, just forbidden to BUY soda at lunch. Stupid stupid stupid.
I am so glad that my husband and I were able to parent our children without interference . . . without being told what to feed them, how to discipline them, how to raise them. Honestly, people, it DOES NOT TAKE A VILLAGE . . . just one or two loving parents.