Thanks, Mom.

October 21st, 2012 · 42 comments

While checking over her 7-year-old daughter’s homework sheet, LeAnn in Iowa found out that last Tuesday was apparently a lesson in buuuuurns.

At school I...ate stale Cheetos with lunch thanks Mom.

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My mother’s favorite food 

FILED UNDER: guilt trip · kids · Moms & Dads · Mother-daughter notes · schools & teachers


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  • #1   shwo! bang

    I think that next note was supposed to say, “Played head games”.

    Oct 21, 2012 at 1:01 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   Kathy

    I happen to love stale Cheetos, but I’m weird like that.

    Oct 21, 2012 at 1:33 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   Gniz

    Is there really a difference between fresh and stale Cheetos? Lol

    Oct 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm   rating: 46  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Greg House

      Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference, lol…

      Oct 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   Rattus

      Stale Cheetos are a little chewier. Nothing wrong with them, really – it just puts them into a different junk food category.

      Oct 22, 2012 at 8:22 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Greg House

    I guess that kid got an “A” in giving mom a guilt trip…

    Oct 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   lana

    LeAnn needs to whip up a batch of kale chips to pack in her kids lunch. Stale Cheetos will be a fond memory!

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   kermit

      A bag of kale chips? How about a bag of hot air instead? Let’s see how well those math games prepared her to earn her own lunch.

      Oct 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   Roto13

    I like that she wrote it in bright red. Like “Yeah, hey world, my mom feeds me stale cheetos. Also something about math I guess.”

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   Vulpis

    Of course, the guilt trip over the Cheetos is only there to distract Mom from her work on those dastardly side-scrolling giant robots with 30 lives, the Contracons…

    Oct 21, 2012 at 10:07 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   The Elf

      Autobots wage their battle to defeat the evil forces of the Contracons.

      Oct 22, 2012 at 8:32 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   Cougar Allen

      They’re the archenemies of the Neocons, right? Contracons vs. Neocons, the war is on!

      -Cougar :{)

      Oct 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   Poltergeist

    After the picky brat arrives home from school the next day, Dad, dressed as a uniformed Chester Cheetah, kicks down the front door and viciously beats Mom with a nightstick. Grabbing the girl’s arm, he whisks her outside and shoves her into the back of an orange, windowless van with Child Protective Services painted on the side. As they drive off, tires screeching, he tosses her a fresh bag of Cheetos.

    “You’re safe now.”

    Oct 21, 2012 at 11:08 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   Jessi

    Why is a kid this young getting any kind of Cheetos with their lunch? Childhood is the only time you have a modicum of control over what your children eat, so why would you intentionally buy them such crappy food?

    Oct 22, 2012 at 3:03 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   TRT

      Fresh fruit, stale Cheetos. I think that indicates a degree of control.

      Oct 22, 2012 at 4:17 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.2   The Elf

      OMG! Cheetos! That kid is GOING TO DIE!

      It’s a little bit of junk food. We don’t know if this is an occassional thing or an everyday thing. We don’t know if it’s a handful of Cheetos or a huge bag. Chill.

      Oct 22, 2012 at 7:35 am   rating: 40  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.3   Seanette

      Heaven forbid a kid should ever eat the tiniest scrap of something fun. Must be all the worst-tasting “healthy” stuff (which constantly changes anyway).

      Oct 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.4   Thunder McKing

      Cheetos are awesome. My cat loves them. I just looked out the window and saw her munching on the bowl full I left out near the street for her. They were leftover from my kids’ breakfast. Ten bucks says more people who read this and believed me think less of me for leaving my cat outside than they do for giving my kids Cheetos for breakfast. For the record, an occassional bag of Cheetos is not a big deal – at breakfast no, but at lunch, sure. Relax.

      Oct 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.5   shepd

      Yes, control their every move! Especially with food! That way they NEVER learn self-control and the moment they’re let loose on society they stuff every last Cheeto on the planet down their gullet.

      Oct 22, 2012 at 8:36 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.6   Jessi

      @sheod, yep, that totally happened to me. My mom made sure I ate healthy as a kid, so when I reached adulthood, I went *insane* on the junk food.

      Oh, wait. That didn’t happen.

      I didn’t say “control their every move.” I merely suggested that parents should have a small amount of control over what their kids are eating. Google “modicum”, as you clearly don’t understand the meaning.

      @Everyone else, apologies that I don’t think a child who can barely write should be eating any amount of junk food. Man, I must be crazy to think that if a kid that age wants something sweet, then you should offer them fruit and not fruit-flavored things. The horror!

      Oct 23, 2012 at 4:17 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.7   Lil'

      So Jessi, no birthday cake? Your kids’ parties are gonna suck.

      Oct 23, 2012 at 7:50 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.8   H for Toy

      In all honesty, if the Cheetos were stale, she probably doesn’t get them that often. I can tell you that Cheetos don’t get a chance to go stale in my house. I also don’t share them with my kids…

      Oct 23, 2012 at 9:21 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.9   Poltergeist

      Oh please. You really expect us to believe that throughout your entire childhood, your parents never let you have a single cookie, bag of potato chips, slice of cake/pie, candy bar, brownie, cup of soda, scoop of ice cream, etc. You weren’t allowed to eat a single piece of your Halloween candy, you always brought your own food to friends’ birthday parties, you never ate dessert during a family get-together during the holidays, your mother never once gave in when you wouldn’t shut up at the grocery store.

      A bag of Cheetos with lunch will not make your pediatrician slap you across the face. Google “moderation,” as you clearly don’t understand the meaning.

      Oct 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.10   The Elf

      Jessi called “Cheetos” a fruit flavored thing for when the kid is craving something sweet. Really, this explains a lot.

      Oct 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.11   AlfaCowboy

      Her kids don’t get to see movies or play video games either.

      “Wake up, kids! It’s Saturday morning: Time for NPR!!!”

      Oct 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.12   Lasha Tumbai

      You may have used the word “modicum”, but in the same breath asked why a parent would intentionally feed their children any cheetohs at all. Perhaps you are the one who should google the word as you clearly take it to mean “totalitarian anti junk food regime”…

      Oct 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.13   Greg House

      Thank God that you’re not my parent!

      Oct 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.14   Ashes

      Yeah, I dunno. We never had junk food in the house when I was a kid (didn’t even eat baby food, my mom made everything from scratch, as she was a single mom with 3 kids earning very little money as an animator) and now I don’t even care for junk because I never got the taste for it.
      We had dessert at holidays and birthdays, of course, and would occasionally have plain potato chips, though I think it was my Mom that mostly ate those.
      I’m really grateful for my Mom not getting me hooked on junk and convenience foods as a kid, I drool over veggies (and crackers are my guilty snack, I’ll easily eat half a box during a movie!)
      My sister, on the other hand, rebelled and now all she eats is junk food, even McDonalds. And she smokes, and is always sick. Bleh. I guess it can go either way, depending on the kid.

      Oct 28, 2012 at 1:34 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   Guest

    I have a nine year old, and the little slights like this is what they remember vividly. It’s pretty funny.

    Oct 22, 2012 at 8:08 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   kermit

      If you’re 9 you can’t carry/hold things much heavier than grudges.

      Oct 22, 2012 at 11:09 am   rating: 26  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   The Elf

    Oh, LeAnn, if you’re going to contract “contractions”, you need to put an apostrophe in there. It is contrac’ons. Back to the blackboard with you! Clearly you need to study the subject some more.

    Oct 22, 2012 at 8:30 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   TurnOffTheDarnLights

    Cheetos are Cheetos, fresh or stale!

    *nom*

    (p.s. As long as it’s a little lunch bag of Cheetos and some kind of fruit was packed along with it, back off, health food nuts- everything in moderation. Team Lunch Treat here!)

    Oct 22, 2012 at 9:16 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Dane Zeller

    Scientific fact: it takes 127.6 days for Cheetos to go stale when the bag is left open.

    Oct 22, 2012 at 9:52 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   kermit

      But how would you know, Dane? Do they turn a different color? Do they go soft or change shape?

      Oct 22, 2012 at 11:11 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   The Elf

      It’s because it takes 127.7 days for Cheetos to go moldy.

      Oct 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.3   Dane Zeller

      Kermit, Elf has the correct answer. Why 127 days to grow mold? It’s in the synthetic product mix. Potato chips come from potatoes. Corn chips come from corn. Wheat thins from wheat. Cheetos come from ???

      They make it up. No lie.

      Oct 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.4   meri

      chocolate chips come from chocolate!

      Oct 22, 2012 at 10:28 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.5   kermit

      Cheetos come from corn derivatives/products. I had assumed that they don’t grow mold since they’re already sprayed/covered with enough preservatives to last well into the next century, when Twinkies will win supremacy in the war with the robots.

      Oct 23, 2012 at 11:47 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   Jitty

    Sometimes I hate kids.

    Oct 22, 2012 at 10:48 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   Sue

    I gotta disagree. Stale cheetos are terrible. Fresh cheetos are divine. Stale cheetos down there with soggy potato chips and chocolate chip cookies with burned bottoms. Don’t you people know how to appreciate junk food? Jeesh.

    Oct 22, 2012 at 3:33 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Snicklefritz

      Cheetos are disgusting in any form. Now plunk a fresh bag of Jax in my hands and I’ll sing a different tune.

      Oct 23, 2012 at 12:34 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   Sammi

    Growing up, we got a bologna sandwich (1 piece of ‘meat’ mayo and the bread), a candy bar and sometimes chips, for lunch. At the end of the school year, there was usually a pile of those sandwiches at the bottom of my locker.

    My kid usually got lunchables that she helped pick out. I did make better sandwiches though. Fruit went in, but so did chips. Most all in moderation.

    Oh – on “Unwrapped,” I saw how they make Cheetos – they use real cheddar. Not bad, really.

    Oct 25, 2012 at 12:53 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     

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