The other day I was taking the leftover birthday cake to the trash. A week is all I can take of sticky sweetness. Evidently my family's teeth aren't as sugar-happy as I thought.
Annie and her little friend spied me on my way to the dump and begged for that chocolate cake. I paused. The water sprinkler whirled. The cement slab sang with colored chalk. Damp ringlets paddled around Annie's face. Summertime was here.
With Bill Cosby's permission, I handed those children the rest of that cake along with two white plastic forks.
If no one else understands, Bill Cosby sure does:
"I had bacon, sausages, and eggs all lined up when my four-yr-old arrived, looking so adorable with her cute face and little braids.
" 'Morning, Daddy,' she said.
" 'Okay,' I said, 'what do you want for breakfast?'
" 'Chocolate cake,' she replied.
" 'Chocolate cake? or breakfast? That's ridiculous.'
"Then, however, I thought about the ingredients in chocolate cake: milk and eggs and wheat, all part of good nutrition.
" 'You want chocolate cake, honey?' I said, cutting a piece for her. 'Well, here it is. But you also need something to drink.'
"When the other four children came downstairs and saw the four-yr-old eating chocolate cake, they wanted the same, of course; and since I wanted good nutrition for them too, I gave each of them a piece.
"So there my five children sat, merrily eating chocolate cake for breakfast, occasionally stopping to sing my praises:
" 'Dad is the greatest dad you can make!
For breakfast he gives us chocolate cake!'
"The party lasted until my wife appeared..."
(The DVD version of this cannot be missed!---Bill Cosby, Himself )
It's all part of nourishing our children...in body, soul, mind, and spirit.
Just call me a good mother. Bill Cosby would think so anyway.
Copyright 2010 Cay Gibson
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