The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Sunday, 12 December 2004]

Manning the barricades for apple juice

Having a child or children in day care can be quite stressful in that you often wonder about what exactly happens during the day and what kind of values and habits are instilled in your child. While we feel very confident in the soulless corporation that is our childcare provider and the way she is being treated during the day, sometimes little things happen that, as Arsenio Hall used to say, make you go hmmm.

We usually drink orange juice with breakfast, and Andrea usually drinks apple juice whenever she wants something that is not water or milk. So this morning we were out of orange juice, forcing daddy to dip into the apple juice. When Andrea saw the bottle of apple juice, she got very upset as this is, after all, her apple juice. So she went to the table, got the bottle, and carried it off. Daddy went after her to instill the lesson of sharing.

“It’s my apple juice.”

“Yes, honey, you can have the apple juice, but it’s mommy’s and daddy’s apple juice, too.”

Andrea thought a bit, then said, “No, it’s the people’s apple juice.”


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