Healthy snack

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John’s arms dangled over the edge of the shopping cart. He dropped the box in.

“What are you doing?” John’s father loomed.

“Looking for oranges.” John waved a plastic bag. Well, he had been looking for oranges when the chocolate covered strawberries called to him. It was the kind of treat his parents never let him get, even though it was basically a healthy snack. They would just say “No, John” and “Put it back, John.”

He felt sneaky, and a little naughty. He hoped wouldn’t be in too much trouble when they found out. Mostly, though, he hoped for a chocolate covered strawberry.

They unloaded the cart at the checkout, and John started to sweat. His dad lifted the chilled plastic box onto the belt. His mom put it in a canvas bag to take home. How could they not notice? John thought. At home, John put away the bananas and kiwifruit, dreaming of chocolately berries.

Suddenly his dad swooped towards his mom and gave her a kiss.

“The strawberries are a nice surprise! Thank you!”

His mom’s eyes opened wide.

“Oh, I thought you… you’re welcome…”

John’s dad handed John a plate with a luscious strawberry, and John dug in with a grin. It was cool and juicy and very, very sweet.

Author: Kate Rowland

I'm a normal human kidlit writer.

14 thoughts on “Healthy snack”

  1. Adorable! My daughter asked for chocolate covered strawberries for Valentines this year, so I guess I’d better find some before she slips them into our cart. (We’ve definitely had this sneaking happen in our house!) Good luck!


  2. Haha! I love this. I can tell John is a sweet boy and that chocolate covered strawberries are just too much to resist. Well done!


  3. Such a clever boy! Love how he played one parent off the other to get what he wanted! And I can relate – I LOVE chocolate dipped strawberries!!! 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the contest fun, Kate!


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