Parents-To-Be Send Neighbours A List Of Foods They’d Like Made For Them When Baby Is Born
They say it takes a village to raise a child so it should come as no surprise that people are more than happy to lend a helping hand to new parents. But what happens when those parents send out a list of foods they would like made to all their neighbours to ensure they receive meals they like? Is that still ok or a tad self indulgent?
A Twitter user shared the story online expressing his disbelief at the demands. Jack Jokinen, also known as @JJFromTheBronx, heard about this couple when he joined the app Nextdoor to get updates about local issues and crime in his neighbourhood.
What he didn’t expect was a letter posted by his neighbour requesting help as he and his partner were expecting their first baby very soon. “Turns out they are in fact asking total strangers to help them and with the most millennial phrasing I have ever seen in my life,” Jack said.
About this Meal Train
As the father-to-be, I’m teetering on a fence of emotions. On one side is joy and excitement, of course. But on the
other side, is a great deal of fear! One of the things I’m most afraid of is not getting a great deal of sleep and as a
result not being in the best frame of mind to offer my wife the support she needs to recover from the child-birthing
That’s why I’m putting together this “Meal-train” or “Mental-health check-in Train” or “Do you need any help today
train.” A meal would be awesome. If you feel comfortable reaching out before you arrive to see if we might need
anything else – that’d be even more awesome.
And even though the request kind of shocked Jack he was in even more surprised to see that further down in the post the neighbour had shared a list of recipes he and his wife like. You know, just to give people ideas on what to make.
Roasted Sweet Potato Wraps with Caramelized Onions and Pesto
Grain bowls with chicken, chickpeas, and avocado
Bagged arugula, spinach, or mixed greens
Sourdough bread loaf
Soup/Stew recipes we like:
Lentil, sausage, and chard
Lamb meatball stew with orzo
Escarole, sausage, white bean
Chicken soup with white beans and kale
Red lentil, chickpea, coconut soup
Squash and carrot stew with quinoa
And if you thought that was forward, he even listed foods they don’t like as well as examples of other ways neighbours could help- like vacuuming or doing the dishes.
Least Favorite meals
Alex really dislikes mashed potatoes. But again – this isn’t necessarily about food. Text
me and check in…maybe come visit.…vacuum, wash some dishes, walk the dog. That
will nourish us as much.
Allergies or dietary restrictions
We try to avoid sugar whenever possible and eat whole, simple foods.
Twitter users were NOT happy and were quick to leave their comments on the thread.
THEN THEY LET YOU KNOW WHAT THEY DONT LIKE AND IF YOU CANT ACCOMMODATE, YOU CAN COME AND DO THEIR DISHES OR VACCUUM. WASH THEIR FUCKING DISHES OR VACUUM THEIR HOUSE?!?!?!?!?! pic.twitter.com/yJ6IXJ56TW
— Jack Jokinen (@JJFromTheBronx) April 18, 2019
Reading through the comments section, most people agreed that having a baby doesn’t mean your arms and legs have been amputated. Sure, it’s great to receive a meal or an offer of help but demanding the type of food is a bit rich, don’t you think?