Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
Judith Lautner


This morning, when I came into work, I saw a box with three little muffins in it sitting on the break room table. This means, when they are left there open, that the muffins are to be eaten by anyone who wants them.

Later I came in to get a cup of coffee and noticed that one muffin was gone, another was intact, and the third had been molested. The top had been torn off and broken into a few parts, and two of those parts remained, sitting next to the muffin.

Clearly someone wanted to moderate her (I assume it's a woman) consumption of muffin but not to eschew muffins altogether. We do it, so many of us. I see women (sometimes me!) sitting in cafes with their muffins on a plate before them, breaking off bits at a time.

Do we somehow think this means we eat less? Or that we will restrain ourselves after a bite or two? Or do some of us think we will appear more feminine, more...delicate...if we take just this little bit at a time, as if we can't possibly shove the whole thing into our mouths because we have such little stomachs, such delicate constitutions?

I always think of mice when I see the remains or in fact the operation of breaking off bits.

Oh, by the way, I took one of those pieces torn from the top and ate it.

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