LittleDuckling has quite the insatiable appetite. He is always starving! Not only that, but he has quite the palatable appetite too. No ordinary PB&J for this kid. He is opening that pantry and/or fridge door at least 10 times a night. I am just glad that his metabolism and/or good genes keeps him from being overweight.
Here's the dialogue that occurs all too often, and usually starts about an hour after dinner, and almost always just after I've gotten on my jammies and snuggled in bed, working on my laptop.
LittleDuckling: [calling out] I'm Starving!
Me: [calling out back]Well, find a snack.
LittleDuckling: We have NOTHING GOOD to eat!
Me: There's apple slices and yogurt in the fridge.
LittleDuckling: I don't want that.
Me: Well, there's crackers in the pantry. Or have a bowl of cereal.
LittleDuckling: [whimpering noises]
Me: Fine, get some fruit snacks or a LittleDebbie or something.
LittleDuckling: We're all out.
Me: Well, whaddya want me to do about it?
LittleDuckling: I just want something good...like do we have Shrimp or Ribs or Mashed Potatoes or chocolate cake or something like any of that?
Me: What the freak? No. We just ate dinner! Whaddya think I am - a restaurant?
LittleDuckling: I'm still hung-ry! I can't help it.
Me: Well, you'd better find something fast, cuz the kitchen's closed and if I have to get outta bed to find you a snack, you're not gonna like what I fix you.
LittleDuckling: Like what?
Me: Grits or Chamomile tea or something.
LittleDuckling: [grunts] Fine. I'll just have some toast or crackers.
Me: [to myself] Crap! Grits and Chamomile both sound good right now.
Me: [calling out] Hey, buddy? Still out there? Wanna fix Mommy some grits or tea
Me: Anyone out there? Anyone?
I debate getting out of bed for an evening snack... nah... not worth it.
Anyway, our pantry door doesn't latch shut properly unless you sort of lean against it. Well, like LittleDuckling, the pooch has quite the insatiable appetite too. Aw, who am I kidding? She's one gluttonous mutt.
Like LittleDuckling, 4LeggedCreature thinks she is starving. She also has a palatable appetite. She gets easily bored with her mundane day-in and day-out everyday diet dog food. Can't say as I blame her though. How many of us could eat the same exact thing everyday? But unlike LittleDuckling, 4LeggedCreature is overweight.
Anyway, back to the story. 4LeggedCreature has phenomenal hearing. She can be all the way downstairs, in the boy's closet sniffing out whatever moldy sock is lurking in the corner and as soon as she hears that pantry door open, she is front and center. She can be all the way in the back forty, barking loudly at the neighbor's dog...but when that pantry door opens, she is at the door - PRONTO - ready to be let in.
4LeggedCreature gets especially excited when she finds that LittleDuckling is the one in the pantry. Thus because she knows her chances are greater when he's home, since he is the one most in the pantry and because she knows that he will be so focused on the food, he will forget to lean against the door, double checking to make sure it is shut tight.
Anyway, so the other night the traditional scenario unfolds. LittleDuckling with his whining food protests. Me, with my unsympathetic repartee. 4LeggedCreature, front and center. In a matter of moments, I hear whimpering; a struggle of some sort ensues. Now, being totally distracted that I can't even blog (the nerve!) I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter!
Yes. It's the Gluttonous Mutt. She waited until LittleDuckling found his treat and walked away. Then she pawed at the bottom of the pantry door, enough to pull it loose. She busted into the honey nut Cheerio's. Yes. That is a picture of her with her head stuck in the box. Yes. Those are crumbs on my kitchen floor (hey - just keepin it real). Yes, you're right. Those aren't really Honey Nut Cheerio's. They are actually the generic "Honey & Nut Toasted Oats" version. Yum. And Yes. She really did eat the entire contents. I know this, because there was enough puke spewed on my kitchen floor throughout the middle of the night to prove it. Swiffer that!
I know y'all are jealous. Try to keep yourself contained.