She's Eating Again?!?!

In my household, we don't just eat to "nurture our bodies" or "fuel our minds."

If that were the case, why would I ever have a need to bake cookies? Cookies don't fit into either of those reasons. Therefore, we'd be a cookie-free household (pausing for laughter here, for anyone who knows us. Cookie-free. That's a good one.)

We eat because we love food. We eat because it's mealtime. We eat because mom tried a new recipe and we just had dinner, but heck, why not?

We also eat to overcome something called Hangriness. It's like hungriness except on steroids.

Its like watching Bruce Banner turn into Hulk.

We all have this... problem? Incapability? Deficiency? I'm not sure what to call it. Whatever we call it, it's debilitating to the well-being of those around us.

"The Hanson's are here. It's 11:14am - quick, set out some snacks so no one gets hurt before lunch is ready."

When my kids were younger and we would travel with them, people would stop me all the time and make comment. "Your kids are so good, how to you keep the meltdowns from happening?"

My answer was and is still - nothing screams louder than a hungry child.

At any given time you can go into my car or purse and find a bag of Peanut M&Ms, trail mix or granola bars. This is for me. This is for them. This is for the don't-say-one-more-word-to-me-until-you've-eaten-something moments because, if you've ever been hangry you know that the words that come out of your mouth are the stuff monsters are made of.

Basically, parents, if you travel with your children, by car/plane or whatever - their carry on or seat pockets should be filled with things they can do to occupy their time. Books, small toys, a device if you so choose. Your carry on, middle counsel, pockets, etc should be filled with approximately $172 of snacks. Pretzels, Cheez-Its, Licorice. Pick your passion. I do not care what you stock up on, just make sure you have some food along. You never know when you'll come across an unexpected delay that will turn what was supposed to be lunchtime into a nightmare you won't soon forget.

Also, quick side note - if you see me eating and then eating AGAIN soon after, it's for the good of humanity to not ask some silly question like, "how can you be hungry again?"

At least not until I've finished what I'm eating and the psycho-crazed look is gone from my eyes.