where hobbies, hijinks, and capers go bad = my childhood #5


while many kids of my era ate glue, paste, chalk, and crayons

i was busy with my own unusual eating habits

because we played outside for hours and hours

in the fields and open spaces of our neighborhood

most every day

i supplemented by ‘indoor diet’

with my own outdoor natural food diet

often consisting of:

pulp from a freshly fallen tree stump

rich, black, loamy soil

and baby ants.

not sure why i was drawn to each of these things

or why or how i stayed healthy

must have been all of the snow i ate in the winter months

but i’ve learned not to eat baby ants

and i’ve since moved on to chocolate, pasta, and flamin’ hot cheetos

 apparently i was one of the original clean eaters

quite by accident.



“eat food. not too much. mostly plants.”

-michael pollan -‘in defense of food: an eater’s manifesto’


52 responses »

  1. Who was the guy who ate bark and was the spokesperson for GrapeNuts cereal?
    We were encouraged to eat weird things in the 60’s and 70’s.
    I found some flowers that tasted like pickles, and was pretty proud of it till I got sick on them. 😁

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  2. When I was a kid on Long Island, I would periodically take the bus and subway in to Manhattan. You just reminded me of a shop in the Port Authority Bus Terminal that sold exotic foods, including chocolate-covered ants. How many people bought that item, I can’t say. I didn’t.

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