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Picnic Lunches ... my how things have changed !!!
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Alberta Mike    Posted 06-25-2002 at 20:50:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
So this is where all the strange fellas hang out now (like Gimpleg and Fergus and those kinds). Anyways, here's a little story that I'm gonna tell you. Went to a school picnic today with my daughter and her little kids (the oldest is 7 and the only one in school). The school was having a "bring your own lunch" picnic today at noon so I tagged along to help out with her little guys. When eating our lunch, I was surprised at how many families were eating their picnic lunches that had just been picked up from McDonalds or Burger King or Pizza Hut or some other fast food place. And of course the inevitable cans of pop. Whatever happened to sandwiches and potatoe salad and lemonade? Well, we had a nice lunch anyways and I really didn't envy anyone eating all that crap but they sure seemed to be enjoying it, greasy fries and all. I guess that's what's happening these days, and it's too bad ... some of those little fellas are probably never gonna know what a nice picnic lunch is all about.

Ludwig    Posted 06-26-2002 at 10:24:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
There was a thing on NPR the other night
about this sort of thing and the magical
marketing that goes behind it. Some of it
borders on severely evil in my mind. They
know that kids are moldable and they know
exactly what buttons to push. Teach the kid
that she NEEDS Barbie, and that Barbie
works at McDonalds. So now the kid NEEDS
McDonalds... Craziness.
Best think you can do to save the children is to
shut off the TV. Heck, save yerself while your
at it, shoot that danged thing and don't buy

Fergus Dingle    Posted 06-26-2002 at 08:49:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You boys really know how to eat. When I think of ol Blue Ear Jack's grub in comparison, Ugh! Back a couple years ago we was over to Dicky Larson's place helping him git up some wild stuff that had got down in to rough country on California Creek and after dinner ol Blue Ear throwed the left overs in the creek and them beavers throwed it right back at him. Yup, you boys really eat, good!

Grove r    Posted 06-26-2002 at 07:10:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi, Mike, thought you had left the country.... picnic lunches..... lets see, haven't gone out yet this year.... but, potatoe salad, first and foremost, homemade, with boiled eggs onions, powdered mustard, mayo....wife will sometimes cook chicken breasts, or legs,or both in a roaster, in the oven, with bbq sauce till it is so tender and, canned beans with bbq sauce and onions, chopped realy fine, recooked, maybe a green salad, sliced cucmber, and tomatoes, sometimes just wienners and buns etc instead of the chicken, or baked ham, a lot depends on how short a notice before we go. McDonalds? not a chance, maybe a salad or chicken burger for a quick lunch from Dairy Queen, but not for a picnic!!!!! Grand kids have developed some "differnt" thirteen year old girl dearly loves Eggo waffles with liverwurst piled on! Of course the Norse background dictates that they eat pickled hearing, smoked oysters, clam chowder, etc, and they enjoy all this as "treats", their dad, and I guess a lot of other people think we eat "weird", thats THEIR problem! "I" think we eat dang fine!!!!!so there! think it's time I went and "passed out" for a few hours, just got off nite shift. So, have a gooder everyone,R.E.L.

Greg VT    Posted 06-26-2002 at 06:45:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Saw a TV commercial this weekend. Two youngsters come home after school and decided they want some macaroni and cheese for a snack. Youngster number one says "I'll get it" and heads for the cupboard to get the microwave mac and cheese. Youngster number two say's "No No No, we've got the REAL stuff" and heads to the FREEZER to get the Stoufers. How sad is that? If we don't take the time to raise our kids Madison Ave sure will.

Tom A -- It's not just picnics!    Posted 06-26-2002 at 05:43:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm afraid parents have gotten both too busy and too lazy--a bad combination. It is simply easier to pick up junk food (for a picnic or for a regular meal) than it is to plan and prepare a real meal, especially when the kids will complain about at least some of the good food. When they were growing up, my kids would tell us how few of their friends actually sat down to family meals.

We certainly weren't perfect parents, but one thing we did do was teach the kids how to eat well. Of course, at the time their view was that we were ogres. Going to Mac's was only for a very occasional treat; we *made them* eat their vegatables at dinner; sitting down to family meals was mandatory for all of us. It was hard, we caught lots of stuff from the kids at mealtimes, especially when they were in their early teens.

But now, at 19 and 21, they gladly come home whenever possible for dinner even if it is just to sit and talk...and they now love their veggies, too! What a deal.

I really pity the kids today because so few of their parents will make the effort to make mealtime special. The kids will be the losers in the long run.

bob ny    Posted 06-26-2002 at 05:26:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
i can remember my mother making our school lunches out of leftover griddle cakes and homemade jam a real treat was homemade bread about one inch thick and her own butter wrapped in butcher paper

cornfused    Posted 06-26-2002 at 05:14:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's sad what some kids will never know, the smell of new mown hay curing or corn fields at harvest, the sounds of a robin or killdee protecting her nest, the sites, sounds, and smell of a walk in the woods, makes me glad I was born in the country. Let's add some fried chicken to that picnic basket too!

Redneck    Posted 06-26-2002 at 03:29:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Parents can blame who they want,but I think it's plain ol'lazyness.They do and let kids do way too much besides the basics.

DeadCarp - trendy    Posted 06-25-2002 at 21:16:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think it's a trend thing - even when i was in school, it was a pretty big deal to have a "store-bought" something in your lunch, like baloney or an orange. No real harm, but nice things are considered nice.
Maybe they need to try things from years ago, like having basket and pie socials. I was kinda shy and remember when i drew Shirley's name at a basket social and her Army cousin picked me up bodily and plunked me down next to her - i stayed there. I grew up a little that nite. :)

Bob /Ont.    Posted 06-25-2002 at 20:54:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hope they didn't see your peanutbutter sandwich Mike, if they did you'd be outa there.
Later Bob

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