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the food situation

January 13, 2016

Me: “As soon a Dad gets back to NYC I’m going to LA for a few days. Okay?”

Maya: “Okay. But what are Dad and I going to eat while you’re gone?”

My first thought:@#$%@#.


At a restaurant…because Maya was hungry.

My second, third, fourth, and fifth thoughts:

  • Have we really made so little progress since the first time I left her with Ali 2 years ago?
  • I’m confused. The way she’s acting you’d think I cook like Ina Garten. Is she forgetting I opened a can of sodium-laden Trader Joe’s Chicken Noodle soup for her dinner tonight?

Maya about to eat….

  • Apparently she’s not going to miss me at all, just my skills with the Oxo can opener.
  • Ali’s been out of town since mid-December. Funny how she posed no questions about how she and I were going to manage when he left to be wherever in the universe he happens to be right now.

You guessed it…Maya eating!

I think it’s ironic that I – a person who thinks so little about food – lives with 2 people who are obsessed with their next meal.

I’ve decided that this time around I’m not going to worry about their food situation. After all, if they can’t manage on their own for a whopping 67 hours I just don’t know what to say.

**Note. That last paragraph is totally false. Of course I’m going to worry what they’re eating. I’m already worried and I haven’t left yet. Sigh.



25 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2016 7:46 am

    Ha!!! You must come back and tell us how it went for them while you were away.

    • January 14, 2016 6:25 am

      I haven’t even left yet…and I’m already nervous FIP!

  2. January 13, 2016 9:03 am

    I fret about this on the one day a week whenever I leave Reed with my husband. They invariably eat pepperoni pizza, tater tots, or nothing. I hate to say it, but he doesn’t seem worse for the wear. Sometimes it is just best we step aside and let them survive on their own a bit. Good life skill/experience. Enjoy your trip alone! So dreamy….

    • January 14, 2016 6:26 am

      I’m such a control freak though, I don’t want them eating pizza and Doritos!

      I must learn to let go…

      (Love the name Reed by the way)….

  3. January 13, 2016 12:09 pm

    One thing is for certain. If you do nothing they will not starve. They are too obsessed with food + when they get hungry enough they will figure out what to eat. My bro-in-law survived on cup o noodles & canned goods for an entire week when my sister was gone. Trust me, if he can manage to not starve when left alone anyone can.

    • January 14, 2016 6:27 am

      I’m not worried they’ll starve but rather that they’ll go to CVS and buy Doritos and other gross thing and survive on that!

      Cup O Noodles…haven’t had that in years!

  4. January 13, 2016 3:38 pm

    I can’t wait to read the post-trip update! Have a great time in LA!

  5. January 13, 2016 8:56 pm

    Lol this is so cool. Same here Ameena. Whenever I have to leave my siblings tell me what are we going to do, what are we going to eat?

  6. January 14, 2016 7:25 am

    haha this is hilarious..i like the above comment how you worry about them eating doritos. well, that and chips ahoy 😛

  7. January 14, 2016 10:00 am

    Maybe Ali will use the same logic my husband’s dad used on him when he was younger. REB and his brother would ask their dad if they could eat a can of frosting for dinner and their dad responded with “Do I have to do anything?” to which they responded “no” so he said “go for it.” So they ate frosting for dinner. So worst case, Maya eats frosting. It’s probably fine.
    Safe travels!

    • January 14, 2016 7:09 pm

      “Do I have to do anything?” Hysterical. I can’t even believe it.

      Luckily we have no frosting in our cupboard. So at least that’s not an option!

  8. January 15, 2016 4:29 am

    Oh bless – I’m sure they will rise to the challenge but I suspect you won’t want to know what they ate while you’re gone. Sometimes ignorance is bliss…

    • January 15, 2016 4:38 pm

      I need to learn how to embrace the idea that ignorance is bliss…

  9. seana permalink
    January 15, 2016 7:01 am

    Take out is key. No one is going to starve. If you don’t see what they’re eating don’t sweat it.

    • January 15, 2016 4:38 pm

      Sounds so logical and yet my controlling self even needs to control what they eat when I’m not around…

  10. January 15, 2016 9:34 am

    I usually make Vishnu a dish or two before I go out of town (mainly because of his crazy schedule!). However, before my recent trip to London, I just didn’t have time to prepare food for him. And surprisingly, it ended up being ok! Sure, he spent more money eating out than we do on groceries, but he survived and I kept my sanity!

    • January 15, 2016 4:37 pm

      I’m sure Ali and Maya will be eating out…more than I’d like. (I hate losing control obviously.)

  11. January 17, 2016 12:37 am

    The last time I way away, the family ate a lot of peanut butter sandwiches. The Hubster ate his with Doritos. Inside the sandwich. They all survived. Sort of. Excited to see what Ali and Maya come up while you’re away (just think of alllllll the Dorito sandwiches) 🙂

    • January 17, 2016 8:56 am

      Too bad Ali and Maya don’t eat peanut butter sandwiches…it would make life a lot easier! 🙂

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