Is there an elf in there?

My refrigerator is once again full of food, ready to cook for Shabbat, and to keep the boychik’s tummies filled for the next few days. Seriously, there is no more room in there for anything. I feel fortunate and blessed (and tired and broke).

So if the fridge is FULL, tell me why it is that each and every one of my four boys will come home from school, tell me about their day, and within the course of one conversation will have opened and closed the fridge seventeen and a half times. Then they will go over to the pantry, well stocked and overflowing, open that door eleventeen times. Then they will go back to the fridge, ask what’s for supper and when (it is always at 6 pm in this house. Rarely changes. But they still have to ask) and then they complain there is nothing to eat. Just to make sure of this, they have to open the fridge one more time.

Sometimes I put out a tray of carrots and celery and cut up cucumber with chummus to keep them going until all are home and supper is on the table. But that still doesn’t stop them opening and closing that fridge. What do they think? That the contents will change in between looks? That all of a sudden it will be filled with soda and barely-nutritious snacks? That if they open it real fast they will catch the fridge elf drinking beer sitting with his feet propped up on the margarine?

Why do they do this?

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  1. Lady Lock and Load says:

    Many families serve their school kids two suppers every school night. Supper number one is when they come off the bus (around four for most kids) and they are hungry wolves. Supper number two is between seven and eight. So when they come home from school maybe it is too hard for you to serve dinner but give them something filling, soup, veggies, cut up fruit, yogurt, those cheese mozzerella sticks, whole grain crackers, and milk. that’s what I used to do and my girls did not need to check the contents of the fridge.

  2. Ashleyroz says:

    My husband does it too lol

  3. j. mand says:

    I suppose it is a symptom that they are hungry when coming home from school. Perhaps they did not have any hot meal at school?

    Perhaps it would be feasible to have a hot meal right after school?

  4. Z! says:

    I also think that it is because we associate food with comfort. You come home after a long day and want to feel good. Food fills that need.

    Sometimes just looking at the food is enough!

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