Our Bastet’s Pixelventures Sunday Challenge for this week is to illustrate Jen Rosenberry’s delightful and thought provoking story and haiku mix, “Of Health Food and Butterfly Wings.”
I am really enjoying this new form of challenge! (The butterfly picture and the red part of the NO symbols I used are courtesy of Wikimedia.)
Of Health Food and Butterfly Wings
by Jen Rosenberry from Blog it or Lose it!
Who doesn’t want to provide their five-year-old with healthy snacks? Not this parent! When my child took an interest in the pre-packaged apple slices I saw a quick and easy way to get my kiddo out of the cracker aisle. How healthy! How fast! How neat! I grabbed those apple slices and “got out of Dodge” – fast!
When we got home, I opened a bag of those luscious-looking apple slices for my son. He grabbed them eagerly. He took a few bites – then made a mad dash for the kitchen and gagged into the sink.
“They’re awful, Mom!”
the best-laid plans /
o’ moms and five-year-olds – /
should have bought crackers //
The child has a hair-trigger gag reflex. I knew better than to try again. If he wouldn’t eat them then I’d have to do it. They weren’t awful – but they were sour. I wasn’t pleased, but I was resigned that the apples would not go to waste.
expecting sweetness /
finding lemon instead – /
face in a pucker //
The apples were more than bitter, though. Had I managed to stuff a piece of the plastic packaging in my mouth along with an apple slice? There was something non-apple on my tongue.
As they say in Star Wars, “I [had] a bad feeling about this.” Like my son, I walked to the sink. I grabbed a paper towel – and spit.
one naked wing /
from a luckless butterfly – /
stunned speechless //