This was a big deal for me. I realized I had been living in a cultural crap trap that goes a little like this,
“If I want to be the hero, I need to bring really good junk food.”
This is especially true with my interactions with teenagers.
Why do I fall i nto this trap? It’s easy. Junk is always a socially safe option because you know most teens won’t turn it down. The odds of having your treat well accepted are high. Plus, when their mouths are full, I can get in a few words.
I really wanted to be the hero and arrive at the gathering with some kind of Fancy Junk Supreme. But, I wanted to be brave this week and serve vegetables. This kind of bravery is the specialty of the Don’t Panic Mom community. The cucumbers and green beans went the fastest, followed by broccoli. I didn’t even serve a goopy dip.
After this week I feel much better about being the lady who brings vegetables. I kind of like that reputation.
Want to read more about the Crap Trap? These posts ought to get you thinkin’: