Battle of the Bread Crusts
I have two girls who refuse to eat bread crusts. They each have one piece of toast for breakfast and refuse to eat half of it. Since their father is the one monitoring their movements at breakfast, he punches their ticket and gives them a “pass”.
I, on the other hand, policewoman of the universe, think this is wrong on so many levels. Shall I list them?
1. Bread is the staff of life. It’s disrespectful to basically spit on half of it. Our family journeys to other parts of the world where bread is held in high esteem, and the girls will be held in low esteem if they don’t eat their bread.
2. You don’t want to eat bread. Fine, no problem. Just don’t eat half of it. Yes, I grew up with the starving children in India stories… then I went to India… and they could really use some bread crusts.
3. The girls need to consume more than a bulls-eye of bread each morning. Their bodies and minds need fuel for the day ahead. “What about some protein?” I ask my husband. “They drink a cup of milk at breakfast,” he argues. In general, the girls are cranky, crummy, and crashing through their emotions each morning, probably due to their diets.
4. I’m all for crustless sandwiches at tea time. Breakfast is not tea time. My daughters’ “To the Manor Born” airs and attitudes, “We don’t do bread crusts” irritates me. For all intents and purposes, they went from the outhouse to the White House overnight. And now they couldn’t be bothered with the lowly bread crusts.
5. I decide to research bread crusts for myself. Yes, you heard that correctly. Turns out that powerful antioxidants are eight times more plentiful in the crust than in the rest of the bread, as well as being rich in dietary fiber. Cancer-fighting enzymes are being ripped away every time the crusts are tossed. The only way that crusts can be bad for you is if the bread is burned, and then the charred bread becomes carcinogenic. So, in essence, bread crusts are good for you.
I’m told that I’m making a big deal about nothing. But wars were fought over much less, I say. If I have to choose my battles, I believe bread crusts are a worthy cause.
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