Yesterday, David had a ‘brownout’ at the grocery store. He took his Metformin (for prediabetes) but forgot to eat breakfast before he left. So, this morning, I made him sit down and eat before he went to his room to continue his work on hoard clearance. He says I am a dictator, but I want him around as long as possible. My conclusion after living 70 years is that men don’t take care of themselves. My other conclusion is that I don’t understand them at all. Well, perhaps a bit, but you have to admit, they are curious creatures.
David got it into his head, probably from our GP, that he needed to lose weight. Now he weighs less than he did when I met him, and he was fairly thin then. Yesterday, I showed him an article entitled “A Healthy Weight May Help to Protect Your Memory,” in the latest issue of Focus on Healthy Aging, a newsletter published by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He was impressed. So impressed that after we make our latest trip to the county recycle/shredding facility this morning, he has agreed to go with me to the grocery store to retrieve more food for him.
Truth is he needs to gain weight and I need to continue losing it. Thus, we must eat differently.
This revelation reminded me of a poem about Jack Sprat my Dad used to cite to me: (Material from Wikipedia)
The name Jack Sprat was used of people of small stature in the sixteenth century. This rhyme was an English proverb from at least the mid-seventeenth century. It appeared in John Clarke’s collection of sayings in 1639 in the form:
- Jack will eat not fat, and Jull doth love no leane.
- Yet betwixt them both they lick the dishes cleane.
The saying entered the canon of English nursery rhymes when it was printed in Mother Goose’s Melody around 1765, but it may have been adopted for use with children much earlier.