Like Milk?


One thing I have learned in the past year of living in the Tanner house: kids are fascinating. I hold no degrees in doctoral science, but I feel like I’m always studying the behavior of the Tanner girls. And I’ve concluded they are unpredictably fascinating.

Most mornings the routine is that Danny wakes the girls, gets the lunch order straight, starts his coffee, and hands off the lunch order to me so he can go get dressed (unless I’m slow rising–then he starts making the lunches). I come out and and make/finish the lunches and, depending on who comes down in what order, aid in the breakfast prep (aka cereal distribution).

Much like making lunches–where I know who will take what sandwich, and which fruit, and which snack–I know what to expect when it comes to breakfast: DJ will have the most sugary cereal in the cabinet, with milk. Stephanie will usually have the same sugary cereal, though she may have a less sugary cereal, also with milk, sometimes with a glass of milk or a glass of water. Michelle will pick from any array of the available cereals (though Lucky Charms is typically a lock) and she eats it dry, with a glass of water.

Always. Every breakfast of every school day I have been here, Michelle has eaten her cereal dry. Until yesterday.

She came down for breakfast, the first one down. She poured herself a bowl of Lucky Charms. And she asked me to pour the milk for her.

“What?” I said, in a dramatic, shocked voice. “You’re having milk on your cereal?”

“Yeah,” she replied. “I don’t know, I just…thought I’d try it.”

And she repeated it today. And she announced it to my parents when we had dinner at their house last night.

I don’t know exactly how long her habit of eating her morning cereal dry stretches back–she says she can’t remember either. So why the change? Who knows?

And that’s what makes me marvel at watching these ever evolving mini-people. Who knows what they’ll like or dislike tomorrow or why? What spurs change, even small ones, in kids? Does it mean she’s starting to try to be more like her big sisters? Did she wake up that morning knowing she wanted to try it? Or did it just hit her as she poured the cereal? Or had she been thinking about it for weeks and finally made the decision?

And also, is there something I do every day that I could do a 180 on and like just as much?

I suppose calcium advocates vs. weight nutritionists will have to determine whether the additional milk is good for Michelle’s diet.

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  1. Steve Gill

     /  March 8, 2011

    Just wanted to let you know that I loved reading this today. I think it’s so amazing that these kids are so funny. I have 3 funny ones of my own and they make me cry so easily and laugh so hard. I love being a parent…. but I think you guys are really making a most memorable life for the girls. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Alias: Shy One

     /  March 8, 2011

    I have lived most of my life in the South and always drank sweet iced tea. One day, when I was 13, I decided I didn’t like iced tea and never drank it again. I am now considered middle-aged (even though I don’t believe it) and my family still makes fun of that sometimes.

    • Danny Tanner

       /  March 8, 2011

      You should try it again!

      • Alias: Shy One

         /  March 9, 2011

        I havae many times. Accidently drank some of my daughter’s yesterday. Quickly found my own drink!

  3. Aunt Susan

     /  March 8, 2011

    Well Jesse, strap on the seat belt, it’s only going to be more interesting as they “age”. You guys are great! this is the highlight of my day, every day.

  4. AH, Confucius say, girls, as they grow, who can fathom?
    Well…it sounded good to me! 🙂 I have 2 and a wife!
    With change ALL around!

  5. Melanie Walker

     /  March 8, 2011

    Horray for milk! Calcium and a little protein to add to that sugar, simple carb, white flour breakfast!! (you knew i coudn’t resist).


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