This sounds a bit funny to say, but you can go right ahead and judge us if you will. And I'm fairly positive some of you are about to form certain opinions of us be they positive or negative, but Lukas is 4 years old now and Mrs. LIAYF and I have never taken him to...er, hmmm (wondering how to put this diplomatically), well let's just say we can safely pass any local pair of golden arches without the slightest hint of begging or pleading to stop coming from the back seat.
That's right, we have never taken him to a McDonald's restaurant before. Not even once.
There have been no Happy Meals. No McNuggets. Nary an Apple Pie, Fillet O' Fish, or Shamrock Shake.
He has no idea who Ronald McDonald is, nor Mayor McCheese, or the Grimace, or even the Hamburgler. He hasn't once been through one of the drive-through windows or became at all familiar with a local Micky D's Play Land.
He doesn't even have the concept of fallen fries, and what a treat they are to find at the bottom of your grease stained white paper bag as your vehicle is perhaps miles from where you procured your salty meal.
In fact, when we are out driving around and Lukas happens to see the ubiquitous Golden Arches, he is 100% more likely to be impressed that he saw a giant yellow M out the car window, than to immediately associate them with hamburgers, nuggets, and french fries.
To those who ask why. "Why have you denied your offspring one of the fundamental vices of childhood?" I have one simple question to ask that really speaks volumes. "Have you not watched Super Size Me?" Talk about horror movies. That was one scary flick. What happened to Morgan Spurlock in just 30 days was crazy.
Seriously though, we try to always pack healthy snacks and meals for Lukas so that we won't be tempted to stop in and buy the unhealthy option at McDonald's. We have just been very good at enforcing this policy. So good, in fact, that he really doesn't have any clue, ANY, that McDonald's even exists.
Sure, Mrs. LIAYF are a teensy bit proud of that fact. Once in a while we will even slip it into conversation, not at all to be judgemental of other families meal choices (we don't judge), but more to show the other like minded people in question that, yes, we care deeply about the health and well being of our child and we have been able to find better options for the past 4 years.
That all being said, I nearly spit out my coffee and laughed out loud a couple of days ago when, as we were driving somewhere around Seattle, Lukas pointed out his window and excitedly exclaimed:
"Look, a Starbucks! Can we stop? Can we? PLEASE!"
That was just Golden.