With Mister Man now in kindergarten – and more socially aware – he’s started to notice that what we feed him is far more restrictive than what other children are allowed to eat. He understands that we don’t eat HFCS, trans fats, and other such fake foods, but it’s still very hard for him to deal with not getting those treats sometimes.

In our latest trip to Costco, I discovered (or rather – THEY discovered, my little label readers) a product that is a “treat” similar to what many other kids have on a regular basis that I can – not quite feel good about – but be ok with giving them.

And so I bought the Simply Fruit from Fruit Roll-Ups. They’re essentially just fruit juice and fruit puree, dried. And the wee ones were thrilled. They wanted to try them immediately, but we held off until after dinner. Then they wanted to share them with Grandma. Since we were going to see her the next day on our way to a birthday party, I packed some in my purse to show her.

On the drive to the birthday party (the very looooooong drive – we were in the car for longer than we were at the party, boo), the wee ones excitedly told Grandma all about them. They decided what flavor they were going to try, and they asked me to pass back their packages.

As I was helping Little Miss open her package, I noticed some writing on the wrapper, “PEEL FROM CELLOPHANE BACKING BEFORE EATING.” (Yes, it was in all caps.) I giggled a little, and I showed my mom.

We then had a nice long conversation about how companies have to put the most ridiculous warnings on products nowadays because of the silly (and sue happy) people out there. I won’t recap it, as I’m sure you’ve all had this conversation yourselves at one point or another.

Fast forward to our trip home.

The wee ones insisted that my mom try one of the Simply Fruits, and she decided on the Wildberry flavor. Since she was able to open hers by herself, I passed it back to her and thought no more.

A mere moment later, I heard an indignant, “Hey! Mine has a paper on it. How am I supposed to eat this?!

And yes, sadly, she was serious. She thought the cellophane referred to the outer wrapper. Fortunately, the wee ones were able to show her how it worked.

PS Don’t forget about the Hot Locks giveaway!



  • Regina

    snicker, snicker

  • anymommy

    See, those companies need those warnings, if she swallowed it, she might have sued ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Dan

    Weren't you the one that complained about the food in grandma's purse? And now it is in yours. Better look out, You're turning into one of *those* people.

  • WeaselMomma

    That must be a gene pond that you hail from.

  • Melisa with one S

    Oops! ๐Ÿ™‚

    At least she didn't spill hot McDonald's coffee on her lap. It's hot, you know.

  • Sherry

    LOL! Oops! ๐Ÿ˜€

    My friend was telling me about a label on the screen she just had put in said something to the effect of “Warning: not meant to hold in people”

  • Together We Save

    Oh my!! How funny… well just goes to show even moms can make a mistake.

  • Tara R.

    My kids are always explaining all this new technology to me too.

    Too funny!

  • Michelle

    Regina – I'm right there with you. I'm still giggling over here.

    Stacey – I know. I hate that my gene pool proved this out. How sad is that?

    Dan – It wasn't so much the food in the purse as the shoving of said food into the mouths of young children who aren't hungry, thereby repressing their bodies' natural hunger responses. And this car ride DID cover the lunch hour!

    WeaselMomma – I love you, too. And you want me to help you out with SuburbanWOW? Geeeez ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Melisa – Yeah, I've heard that. But really, you should TOTALLY be able to spill it anywhere and not have it hurt you. And it should stay hot so that I never have to have lukewarm beverages. I want it all!

    Sherry – Yikes. I'm guessing that warning came after all the issues with frat boys falling out windows?

    Together we Save – Ummm yes. EVEN moms. Because we're the last ones who would make a mistake otherwise ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Tara – Yeah…. I'll be getting to that point soon, too, I'm sure. Ahhh the joys of parenthood.

  • Alexis AKA MOM

    LOL sorry I'm trying not to laugh!

  • septembermom

    That's funny. Those wee ones are full of all the inside scoop.

  • Karen

    Ha! I love it!

  • Unknown Mami


  • Michelle

    Alexis – Go ahead, you can laugh. I'm laughing, too!

    Kelly – Aren't they though? What would I do without them?

    Karen – Me, too. I've got a great gene pool!

    Unknown Mami – Yep. Keep laughing. It's good for you.

  • Gina

    I don't even want to laugh, because I will probably be asking questions like that myself pretty soon…

  • Michelle

    Gina – True…. but if you can't laugh at yourself, what fun is life anyway?

  • Hyacynth

    Oh, laughing out loud over here. Goodness. Your poor mom. (Hi there, Michelle's mom, if you're reading!)

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