Thursday, January 27, 2011


I'm a "baby-boomer"
who grew up in the 1950's and 60's.

I can't tell you how many times
I heard my Mother say,
"You need to clean your plate.
There are 1000's of starving children in ....."

I'm sure you know the drill.

So I'm blaming her for my membership.
Yes, I'm a card-carrying member
"The Clean Plate Club".

It's taken me a while
to get to this point,
but regardless of what I eat
or don't eat -
at this point,
I'm not depriving anyone.

Now I know,
it's OK
to leave food on my plate.

Blessings to all who visit here,


  1. I was born in the mid-60's so that meant that my mom thought it best to clean her plate as well and she passed that along to her daughters but somewhere along the line she gave in to our finicky ways .... thankfully. I am glad you found your way out of the guilt of thinking you have to clean your plate! Very cute post!

  2. My husband and I are both baby boomers, but there is only once clean plate member here. He eats well but his mother must have taught him to always leave something on his plate. No matter how much he enjoys his dinner, there is always at least some small bit left. Not so with me:)

  3. Baby boomers here, too. My Grandmother used the guilt approach with us. It was " don't make me put that little bit in the refrigerator. Finish it up so we don't have leftovers and I can clean all the dishes."

    Rob and I eat out quite often and we've found that we don't need that much food. We usually bring home a little white box that goes directly to the garage fridge and gets enjoyed by the fur kids at their next meal.

  4. Yep. clean plate club member here. Well...I do clean my plate I guess but it doesnt have much on it nowdays!! LOL


  5. Same here! Clean that plate Deborah! Those words still echo in my mind today. The funny part was when I was a kid in the 50's, all I wanted to do was play outside and not eat. My mom had to almost drag me inside to eat a full course meal including dessert!! Lots of love, Debbie

  6. I can't tell you how many times I heard those words and the other winner was, "If you don't eat your dinner, you don't get dessert!" I sure didn't want to miss out on dessert!


  7. BB's here too and I'm a full-fledged member of the clean plate club as well - heard all the threats! (Although Grandma always admonished me to leave some for "Miss Manners"!) Sorry I haven't visited since your first post - couldn't find it on your blog or anywhere - finally went to the RC Scotties 'about us"!


  8. Lynn, I love what your doing with this blog, it's great! as far as cleaning your plate, I made a change a few months ago, i like. I use a salad plate instead of a regular dinner plate. Smaller portions don't look small at all!

    and yes I was told about the starving children. Can I ask, did you your parents have to walk to school 3 feet of snow?

  9. Well I am a baby boomer from that time period also and yes I cleaned my plate. Now I am putting 1/2 of what I use to on my plate. Trying to just put a serving on. It sure is different then what we have always saw a serving for sure.

  10. I am from a you don't have to eat it if you don't want too family. My mother was raised a clean your plater and did not want to do that too us.