I've decided to stop feeding my kids.
Now before you get all twitchy about this, and go calling Child Protection Services, hear me out.
I'm not saying I'm going to stop cooking for my kids. Not saying I'm going to stop shopping for nutritious food for our house. (And miss a trip to Trader Joes? Fuggeddabouddit.)
I'm just not going to feed them. I'm not going to have the discussions at every meal about how many more bites count as 'done.' I'm not going to insist that they eat carrots AND tomatoes. I'm not going to serve up pasta with the sauce and noodles separated. I'm definitely not buying special snacks that I know they'll eat so that they "have something to get them through."
Maybe they will feel exhausted by 10am without any breakfast on board. Maybe they will feel the pinch of the looooooong stretch between lunch and supper without snacks. Maybe they'll go to bed hungry.
I am constantly reminding my kids to be so grateful for the food on their table (even whilst assiduously avoiding the time-honored "starving children in Africa" Mom Speech.) I can sermonize all I want about how kids in our country, in our town, maybe even our neighborhood lack the resources to get food three times a day, never mind snacks. But do they ever hear it? Do they ever wonder what it might be like to live hungry?
My own crazy little theory is that it might not be the worst thing in the world to know what hungry is. It might be the best illustration of all, to know the feeling of your stomach trying to eat itself. Knowing EMPTY.
I think all of us could do with a little bit of Empty in our lives, one way or another. Whether it is the pain of an empty belly, the twitchy silence of a room empty of media noise, the unsettled feeling that comes with an empty shopping cart in Target - we could all do with a little Empty in our lives.
The inspiration for this post came from the prompt of Emptiness at the One Word at a Time Blog Carnival. A week later, I'm not sure it counts as part of the carnival, but I wanted to give credit where credit was due. :)