The Baby LIKES the Paintchips

I have my dear friend and fellow author Patricia L. Meek (Noah: a Supernatural Eco-Thriller, All Things That Matter Press, 2011) to thank for the awesome quote. She told me a story many years ago about some do-gooder friends of hers working up in Appalachia somewhere.

Apparently, they were in someone’s home and the lead-based paint (very toxic to pregnant women and small children) was peeling off the walls or trim and the baby was crawling around eating them. Horrified, the outsiders quickly swept up the chipped paint and threw it out, only to come back the next day and find the baby sitting in a high chair eating a pile of paint chips.

“Expletive Deleted! What are you doing?” he/she asked the mother.

“The baby LIKES the paint chips,” said the very offended mother.

So, what do you do? I mean really, what do you do? Not about other people’s self-destructive habits, but your own?

I know that eating an ENTIRE package of Cadbury mini-eggs a day is bad, bad, bad for me. But, sometimes I do it anyway.

Do I need the government to make chocolate illegal so I don’t over-indulge myself because some genius researcher discovered that eating too much sugar makes us fat, which makes us unhealthy in so many, many ways? Um, NO!

Unlike the poor child in this story, I am an adult and if I want to overeat, that is my decision and I am liable for the consequences.

There’s an old saying: “you made your bed, now you’re gonna have to lay in it.” People who ignore their health in the present are going to have to live with those decisions for a long, long time. But, it’s not someone else’s job to make those decisions for me.

About Laura Alford, PhD

I'm a recent graduate of LSU (PhD in Accounting). In addition to academic research, I also write fiction on Tuesday nights with the Asilomar Writers.
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