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What does it say about me if I don’t know how to use a can opener?

Yesterday afternoon, my son Brett was in the kitchen and he was trying to open a can. Quite a few months ago, after our can opener mysteriously disappeared (WARNING! Young adults in the home make interesting things disappear!), Melanie went out and bought a new one from Target. It’s a beauty. The thing is so streamlined and advanced, I think it qualifies more as an appliance instead of a simple hand held tool. Anyway, my son was struggling with this new space-aged designed can opener because he couldn’t figure out how to….OPEN A CAN WITH IT! This does not speak poorly of my son’s intelligence..he’s quite bright…it speaks more about the latest and greatest new-fangled design being completely different than what he had used before.(Melanie says its the greatest can opener ever) He finally got the can open and probably has it mastered now.

Anyway, I could take the this blog in many different directions from here, but I am simply going to take it in a healthy direction instead. As Brett was fighting with the can opener it dawned on me….that I have never opened a can on my own with this device. It has been in my house for at least three months, and I have never used it (I used it when she first bought it just to see how it worked…not sure I COULD use it if I wanted to now:-).

It was affirming to me that I am eating pretty fresh and healthy. I don’t open many boxes either.

This actually made me feel good. It’s not that I don’t cook or make meals. I make virtually all of my breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and probably 20% of my dinners. It was affirming to me that I am eating pretty fresh and healthy. I don’t open many boxes either. The least nutritious things you can eat will typically come in boxes and the next will likely come in cans (with the exception of chips, cookies, and doughnuts in bags).

I am certainly no dietary saint. If you bring some good tasting processed trash into my house and turn your head for a minute, I’ll be sampling it! But I won’t buy it and bring it into my own house. In general I eat fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and lean protein. Because I do this in general, when I want to eat something unhealthy, I have no qualms about it. I just won’t do it very often.


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