Diabetes Comfort Companion Story #4


The following story is the 4th in the series of 10 from my “Comfort Companion” stories collection in
Purr-fect Pals: A Kid, A Cat and Diabetes, a picture book for children with diabetes.

This “munchy memory” always brings a “sweet smile” to my face.

Before he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, our eldest son, Joshua, and his younger brother, Noah, would persistently ask me to buy the junk food they ate at friends’ homes or saw advertised on TV. They tried every scheme in the book to get me to relent on my “no-junk, too-much-sugar” food rule.

The day after Joshua and I returned from the diabetes clinic, he and I went to Safeway with the meal plan that Libby, his dietitian, had formulated for him. We walked the aisles, studying the nutritional values printed on every food label. We filled our cart with the precise amount of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats Josh’s meal plan allowed.

The cereal aisle was our last stop. I was scrutinizing the long row of boxes when Joshua interrupted me.

“Look, Mom—I found my perfect snack!”

I looked up to see a mountain of Pop Tarts in our cart.

Before I could object, he slid a Pop Tart box into my hands, the list of nutritional facts within perfect reading range. One Pop Tart indeed satisfied Libby’s requirements for one of his snacks before P.E. class.

I stood speechless in the aisle, as I watched Joshua swing the cart, brimming with several varieties of Pop Tarts, away from the display and dash toward the checkout counter.

A Cheshire cat grin stretched across his face.
He had finally overruled the “Junk Food Judge.”
And within the limits of the law!

Sheila N. Glazov ~ Author ~ Speaker ~ Educator ~ Personality Type Expert
Please, visit my website to learn more about your Brain Colors, my What Color Is Your Brain? book
and workshops. 10% of the royalties from the sale of my book is allocated to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)

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