a take on This Little Piggy, a barefoot runner's pinky toe has been wee-weeing all the way home

#19 "Tales Of The Unshod #3: These Little Piggies"

Ah, fingerplay...there was always a little piggy that had roast beef, which always disappointed me when I was a kid. Roast beef? How about this little piggy had Twin-kies (hyphenated for rhythm purposes)? This little piggy had ice cream? This little piggy had Ring Dings

Obviously, I loved sugar when I was a kid. It was wonderful back in the 1960's and early 70's. We didn't care about what we ate. We ate what was delicious. Breakfast was a bowl of one of the following: Lucky Charms, Sugar Frosted Flakes, Captain Crunch, Quisp, Quake, Fruit Loops, Boo Berry or Count Chocula. On the side was either a donut, toast with sugary jam, blueberry muffin, or Pop Tarts. I'd chase it all with orange juice with sugar added. I always had some Twinkies or Devil Dogs in my lunch bag. When I got home after school, I'd attack the Chips Ahoy, Oreos, Vanilla Wafers, Fudgetowns, or Fudge Stripes. After supper, more cookies, cake, pudding, and ice cream. Of course, we also drank a lot of Coke and Pepsi.

We lived on sugar.

Yet, it was rare to see an obese kid. There were a few chubby kids. They had a little extra weight, but none were obese. Even obese adults were rare.

Were we more physically active than the kids today? Is there something they're putting in the food or animal feed that's doing it? Not sure what it is, but kids on average sure are much fatter, as are the adults.

Many kids today have a much blander dietary existence, being kept from too many sweets and foods considered bad for you. They're missing out. Oh, the joy of getting a quarter from my nana and going to the store and buying some Hostess Suzy Q's and a bag of penny candy. When we scraped our knees and arms from falls, our mothers gave us cookies. When we got sick, we got ice cream. Our moms loved us in a way that would no longer be considered love.

It was a guilt-free sugar heaven on earth.

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