You know what? (and try to contain your surprise): five children eat A LOT. Today, for snack: one entire box of granola bars. And afterward, they were STILL HUNGRY. I am going to have to grow crops in the backyard. Also: when the kids are teenagers, their part-time jobs will be at restaurants, so that they can mayhap eat up the scraps, like hogs.
At a camp I went to twice as a child, we scraped our plate leavings into big buckets to feed the hogs. A very efficient system, especially considering what picky and inconsistent eaters children can be. I've thought of that many times when lunch has come back to the kitchen nearly uneaten, to be scraped into the trash because it's not something that keeps. "Hogs," I think to myself. "We need hogs."
We do sort of have hogs, or a hog-like system anyway: It often happens that what one kid won't eat, another kid will. If Rob doesn't want his chunks of plum, Elizabeth does. And if Edward only wants the middles of his sandwich halves and not the edges---well, Henry is not so picky. And if Henry doesn't want all his cheese cubes, Rob does. And so during the meal the leavings and rejects are redistributed until everything is eaten.
Life-improving products, part 4 - (Continued from part 1, part 2, and part 3.) Stearns Youth Life Vest (photo from Amazon.com). I’d been too scared to take the kids to any body of water oth...