A few weeks ago my 14 year old son G3 asked if he could try a Slim Jim.
Um … why?
I am a self admitted foodie with food phobias galore. I am most paranoid about chemicals and preservatives found in the food we eat. Don’t get me wrong, they sneak in there from time to time and we have our “cheat” meals and snacks, but as a rule they are to be avoided if at all possible.
So you can be assured I was pretty shocked when my G3 asked for a Slim Jim. I have never eaten a Slim Jim and have never thought to buy one. I guess I just assumed they were a food that happened by circumstance. One 18-22 year old frat bros happened upon at a 7-11 the morning after a major party. Never in my wildest dreams did I think my son would ever want one … but he did.
I posted about his request on Facebook and as usual my friends and family had me giggling up a storm. Yes, sometimes I can be quite silly in my convictions and I love that I’m quickly brought back to reality by the people in my world. The general consensus was: BUY THE KID A SLIM JIM.
Well, I usually don’t shop at commercial supermarkets and I can’t remember the last time I was in a 7-11, so the opportunity to buy a Slim Jim wasn’t presenting itself. That is, until the other day … um … sorta.
I had honestly forgotten all about G3’s request until I walked into Trader Joe’s … and there they were! SLIM JIMS …OK fine … the Trader Joe’s version of a Slim Jim! But there they were! I thought, “How perfect is this?!?!” G3 gets his Slim Jim and I don’t have to worry about chemicals and preservatives! WIN, WIN! Right?
Um … no.
According to my Facebook family it was a fail … somehow I was more “un-cool” than before … and even worse … G3 said he didn’t like them … BIG SIGH. I did, however, laugh hysterically at a Slim Jim video my friend posted explaining things like “man-ergy” and the “man gland”. Who knew?!?! HAHAHAHAHA!!!
So today after school, in a DESPERATE attempt to earn my way back up the parenting scale, I took G3 to 7-11. NOT ONLY did I buy him a few Slim Jims, but I ALSO bought him a TROUGH-SIZE ICEE to wash down that chemical laden MEAT STICK!
THE VERDICT: G3 does NOT like the Slim Jim … and the best part, he thinks I’m a pretty COOL mom 🙂
Well, I hope you all have a day where you are COOL again!!!