"Sure," I reply. "Which cereal would you like?" They wander over to the pantry and stand in front of the cereal shelf, which is surprisingly plentiful. Usually I have a 3 box rule, but today there are many options:
On the left, in a supersize bright red family-size box (because it was on sale) is Froot Loops.
On the right, is a big box of Rice Krispies, that I used for rice krispie squares at Christmas (no one really eats the cereal).
In the middle are: All Bran, Shredded Wheat and Cheerios.
Colin actually looks at the Rice Krispies, because there is a cool activity on the back of the box, but then quickly rules it out.
The Cheerios are a no-go, because Benjamin eats them. They are clearly baby food.
Colin's hand wavers between the All Bran and the Shredded Wheat. In the end, he picks the Shredded Wheat.
He didn't even consider the Froot Loops.
I'm sorry, I thought my kids were 3 and 5 years old, who only get a box of sugary cereal once every six months or so. But yes, they both chose the Shredded Wheat (which happens to be one of my very favourites!)
That box of Froot Loops is about 3/4 full, and has been in there for a month. Strange, isn't it!
(In all honesty, this is a little strange. Although they've never gone wild after the first day or two of a cereal like that, it is still usually eaten within a month.)