The New Asceticism?

9yo son Drake returned from a birthday party: They had cupcakes and ice cream, but I didn’t have any.

Me, knowing the mom who made the cupcakes and that they would have been good: Why?

Drake: I’m trying to cut back on sweets.

Me, carb-monster, utterly bewildered: Why?

Drake, rolling eyes: I’m going to tell my other parent. Maybe HE’LL appreciate it.

Then, we went to a Sukkot party over the weekend where he skipped chili and egg strata and ate only banana bread, pumpkin-nut squares and chocolate-chip cookies. Cutting back on sweets, my a$$. I bet he just ate too much pizza at the birthday party.

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