Years ago, my house used to be the “hang out” for all of my kids’ friends, just like yours. I used to coupon and often got a lot of snacks and beverages for free or really cheap. Kept a lot of kids fed and happy. But, like you, I bought cheap bulk stuff to share (otter pops, plain white bread, etc.), and the better stuff for my kids. I’m Blunt Because God Rolled Me That Way Hippie T-Shirt We’d never had any complaints and everyone seemed happy. One hot summer day, my (then) 8-yr old son came into the house with five of his friends and asked for some popsicles. I told them to go ahead and get one each from the freezer. One of his friends (who’d always been polite and well-behaved) spotted the creamy fudgesicles that my teens loved. He asked for that but my son told him no. They all grabbed a popsicle and headed back outside to play.
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Not even five minutes later, I find this same kid back in my kitchen, pulling out a fudgesicle. I told him to put it back and he came back with, “But, I want it!” I told him, “No, now put it back.” He threw it on the floor and stormed out. About 10 minutes later I get a phone call from this kid’s mom, yelling that I shouldn’t be selfish and it’s not like I couldn’t afford to buy more of the good stuff. And that I should be more considerate because she has 9 kids and can’t afford snacks like I do. I’m Blunt Because God Rolled Me That Way Hippie T-Shirt I just told her that if she and her son couldn’t respect the food rules in my house, then all he’d be welcomed to is a sip of water from my garden hose outside. Her son stopped coming over for a few days after that, but the pull of fruit roll-ups was too strong and he eventually found his way back. He even accepted whatever was offered without complaint.
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His mom, in the meantime, complained to everyone that I was a selfish, greedy bitch, but no one listened because they were happy I fed their kids almost every afternoon. I’m the oldest of 9. We didn’t have a lot of money. One income, one car family. Mum busted her butt trying to find ways to cost cut and get creative with food. I’m Blunt Because God Rolled Me That Way Hippie T-Shirt We never had everything we wanted but always had everything we needed. Because we were the biggest family on the block, we’d get a lot of extra kids over to eat. Never did she complain and never were we