Every day I am amazed at what my granddaughter Stella knows that I have managed to, across the years, forget or at least misplace. At the end of the day--today at least--it all seems so very simple. Stella knows these things; she didn't need to be told; my struggle daily is to remember them.
Lesson #1: The stomach can't tell time.
Stella already seems to know that we are supposed to eat to live NOT live to eat. She can't tell time yet, so the clock does not influence her decision to eat/not eat. Remove my clock? How will I know when to eat?
Lesson #2: The body in motion is a good thing.
She never stops moving. (Nap time is the exception.) She doesn't do exercise tapes ( I have involved her in a couple of mine) , and she doesn't check to see how many calories she's burning. Her actions are not motivated by anything but her desire to be moving. Somewhere along the line I forgot that moving was fun.
Lesson # 3: If you're not hungry, there's no reason to eat.
Stella doesn't worry how I'll feel about her if she doesn't eat. When it's about mealtime (there goes that clock again), I simply ask her, "Are you hungry?" Her answer is a simple "yes" or "no". If she's not hungry, she WILL NOT eat. Too often, I don't need a reason to eat.
Lesson #4: The plate doesn't come with cleaning instructions.
My girl has never heard about starving people being helped by her clean plate--and, from my mouth, she never will. When she's done, she's done. It really doesn't matter what's left on the plate or how much she enjoyed it; when she's done, she's done.
Thank you, my dear Stella. You have much to teach your Mamaw with the squishy arms. I love you much.