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Mealtime Mastered in 38 Easy Steps

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1-Race home from work. Speed just enough to make every green light but not enough to draw attention from local police.

2-Begin prepping chicken.

3-Realize you are out of salt. Use more pepper to make up for salt deficiency.

4-Place chicken, buns, cheese and grill tools outside for husband.

5-Take out carrots, cucumber and lettuce for salad.

6-Realize there is only ¼ of a cucumber left.

7-Curse husband for last night’s gin and tonics.

8-Find croutons in cabinet because crunch is similar to cucumber.

9-Prepare salad.

10-Pick toddler up off floor where he throws himself after noticing lettuce leaf out of corner of his eye.

11-Begin bargaining with toddler. Three bites of salad equals one popsicle.

12-Manage to get salad, chicken and milk on table, along with toddler.

13-Sit down and begin eating.

14-Get up and cut up chicken for toddler.

15-Get back up and retrieve additional ketchup for toddler. He ate original ketchup with spoon in advance of meal.

16-Ask husband how his day was.

17-Stop to reason with screaming toddler that black specks on chicken are not pepper, rather tiny pieces of chocolate.

18-When screaming decibel makes dog bark, get up, and scrape pepper off chicken, along with cheese. He liked cheese yesterday. Today cheese is the devil.

19-Sit back down and take sip of wine.

20-Tell toddler that he is not, in fact, all done with his meal. Three bites of his bun dipped in second helping of ketchup is not a well-balanced meal.

21-Explain that he will not get originally promised popsicle if he does not eat 3 bites of salad plus 3 bites of chicken.

22-Wait patiently for him to figure out what 6 bites means on his fingers.

23-Settle for 5 bites when he successfully holds up 5 fingers and says 5. He is a genius and should not be held to the same standards as other children.

24-Explain that licking the chicken does not count as a bite.

25-Stare at your husband. Try desperately to remember if he actually told you how his day was.

26-Agree with toddler that 2 croutons and one carrot equals 3 bites of salad.

27-Grab wet napkin to clean up carrot toddler chewed up and promptly spit on dog’s fur.

28-Sit down and take bite of chicken.

29-Get up to retrieve third helping of ketchup for toddler.

30-Shout empty threats at toddler. No Thomas the Train before bedtime if chicken is not consumed.

31-Hand toddler iPad to watch Thomas while he finishes chicken.

32-Take another bite of chicken, which you realize is now cold and, in fact, over-peppered.

33-Throw food away. Fill up wine glass.

34-Retrieve popsicle for toddler. Two bites of chicken is basically the same as three.

35-Ask toddler to please put plate in sink.

36-Retrieve plate from garbage can and put in sink.

37-Find missing salt shaker in garbage.

38-Pat yourself on back! Another family meal is behind you. Only 7143 more to go.

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