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Childhood food envy?

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When I was in elementary school, all of my friends were eating bags of Cheetos and Doritos and sandwiches made with Wonder Bread. None of those were kosher and so I was never allowed to eat them (still can't) and, weird though it may sound, I envied other kids for their carrot sticks. I know it sounds strange, but my mother just would NOT use a peeler to peel the carrots. She used a knofe to scrape them and I was sooo jealous of the other kids who had nice, smooth carrot sticks while mine were so :rough. These days I'm still envious of Kraft mac and cheese but there are kosher brands so I don't feel too left out. What did you envy as a kid? Or even now?

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  1. We were never allowed to have soda. I remember seeing my neighbor get bored of his, and pouring it down the gutter, which horrified me. How could he?!

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    1. re: kjonas

      I used to envy the soda thing (we called it pop or soda pop actually, I can't remember ever hearing it called just soda).

      Then I tasted some.

      BLEAH! Put an end to that particular envy!

    2. My mother was a health nazi to us kids, so I was horrendously jealous of those who got packets of chips and juice boxes in their lunch. Also, I was envious of their sandwiches, which were incidently made of some kind of vile pseudo-meat and some other product masquerading as white bread. Of course I wanted to trade my multi grain, leg ham off the bone sandwich for that!

      1. as a kid: anything homemade at lunchtime - my mom wasn't much of a cook so the best we got was usually a thermos of soup or a turkey or tuna sandwich.

        now: tofu & edamame since i can't eat soy anymore; and *real* (i.e. gluten-rich) pizza, bagels, bialys, bread...you get the idea ;)

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          My mom worked, so I always bought lunch. But I got to bring lunch on her 2 weeks of vacation. Those were the BEST 2 weeks ever. I got to pick whatever I wanted! I think I must have felt very deprived, because I always packed my daughter's lunch, thinking I was being a good mom. She used to beg to be able to buy her lunch. Go figure.

        2. I wasn't too deprived of any kind of food as a child so the closest thing to food envy I remember is that on certain days of the week, I wanted to bring a sack lunch to school or better yet, get a metal lunchbox (I really wanted one of those litter thermoses filled with hot chocolate for lunch). I say certain days of the week because there was about 30% of the hot lunch menu items that I absolutely loathed. Of course my mother wouldn't let me bring lunch because she didn't want to have to make it and she thought I should learn to eat whatever was put in front of me. In my grade school, each class only every had maybe 2 or 3 kids that didn't eat the hot lunch. We didn't think too much of it at the time, but I think I really didn't want to be one of those kids, they seemed a little dorky.

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          1. re: John E.

            oh yeah, I never got those little bags of chips, either. And my friends also got strips of jicama which my mom refused to buy for some reason.

          2. Sugary breakfast cereals. My brother and I both always sought them out when we slept over at a friend's house. I remember being 6 and my best friend's mom buying that brand new creation, Cookie Crisp cereal! Cookies for breakfast . . . genius to a 6 y.o. Even as teens, if my parents went out of town and left us behind we used the money the left us to go buy BooBerry.

            Of course, I'm a parent now and refuse to have any of that garbage in my house. No doubt my kids have the same food envy. :)

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            1. re: centralpadiner

              centralpadiner - I could have written your post. There was nothing, and I mean NOTHING, more wonderful then Cookie Crisp cereal.

              My mom only bought "healthy" cereal like Shredded Wheat (the big bricks), Grape Nuts, generic Cherrios, etc. But then she let me loss with the sugar bowl. Seriously, I needed 4 tablespoons of sugar to choke down Shredded Wheat.

              My mom was very frugal, which now I understand, so our food was basic and healthy. I don't remember any convenience food like Oreos or chips. Soda was a rare treat. (this changed by the time I was a teen when mom lost her mind and turned into a TV queen)

              My best friend's mom was the opposite. The Schwans truck never passed by her house without stopping to drop off half his load of processed wonders.

              She bought all sorts of goodies - tater tots, chicken nuggets, onion rings - and fried them for us all night long in her Fry Daddy. It was heaven. That woman was never too tired to whip us up a huge batch of fried goodnesss.

              To top it all off, she seemed to think it was every child's right to eat as much sugarly cereal as they could possibly consume. She kept a VARIETY (oh the luxury!) of the latest name brand sugar cereals on hand for the kids. At my house, there was never more than one box and the dust at the bottom was considered edible.

              Miri1 - at least your mom scraped your carrots. My mom simply washed mine off. I was force-fed so many carrots growing up it is a wonder I didn't turn orange.

              1. re: cleobeach

                I had forgotten about those bales of straw that passed for shredded wheat. Do they still make those? We used to have all the big shredded wheat, corn flakes, cheerios, grape nuts, raisin bran and rice crispies. Once in a great while my mom would let us each pick out a box of cereal. I tried to hide mine because if I didn't, my older brothers would eat it before I ever got more than one bowl of it. I used to hide candy too.

                1. re: John E.

                  I don't know if the "straw bales" are still offered but if so, I would likely eat them today.

                  We had a picture hanging in our bathroom of an oldy-tymey Grape Nuts ad that I hated looking at. It was there for years until my parents sold that house and my mom offered it to me. My reply was less than polite about my hatred of Grape Nuts and that picture.

                  1. re: John E.

                    Just returned from the grocery store - Indeed, still for sale!

                    $3.49 for a box of 18 "biscuits"