Eat well, do well

January 14, 2013

Being popular and oatmeal don’t seem to have a lot in common. But you have to know Hannah.

My daughter, the one who is as black and beautiful as the night sky, turned seven the other day. She opted for her party to be in her classroom, which isn’t so uncommon here in Uganda at the international school the three kids attend.

Mom or dad comes in with the cake and everyone has a good time with it.

It might seem like a good idea for purely the loot. Even a small classroom would seem to have potential for big gifts. In practice, though, that is not so true. In fact, usually the other kids don’t bring anything, they just cash in on some free cake.

But Hannah knows what she’s doing. She played it cool, made her choice, and then for her there was the purse and the doll and the magic bubbles and bracelet and ear rings …. “I’ve been teaching for 10 years, and I’ve never seen so many gifts for a child,” said her teacher.

And then there was the one kid who gave her a bag of oatmeal. Yes, the cereal.

Just one more reason why eating a good breakfast is important to doing well in school.

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