The first week, my son Cole took cheese sticks.
"Something wrong happened!" he said as he was getting in the car after preschool. "Some of the kids didn't like cheese sticks!"
"Huh. That's funny. Who doesn't like cheese sticks? You like them! Dad likes them!"
"I know!" he said, reassured. "But TWO kids said no, they didn't want one."
The next week for Ty's turn, he took Go-Gurts, which is yogurt in a tube.
After preschool, I asked if the kids liked it. "Yes!" he said. "All the kids liked Go-Gurts!"
Cole was reminded of his snack. "Why didn't some kids like cheese sticks?" he asked.
"Well, they don't like every snack, do they?" I asked.
No, they said, and listed snacks some kids wouldn't eat - like oranges and raisins.
"And you don't like every snack - Ty, you said you didn't like some orange crackers someone brought, right? So you didn't eat them?"
"Cheez-its. But I ate them," Ty said, looking confused.
"Oh. Well, you don't have to ... eat things ..." I started.
"But I had to. They put them in front of me," he said.
After a lifetime of teaching him to eat what I give him, I wasn't going to try to talk him out of that one.
I guess I'm not the only parent bringing dairy products. Cheez-its really do have 'cheese' in the ingredient list. Even spelled correctly.