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An Open Letter To McDonald’s

Dear McDonald’s,

When I was a kid, my grandma would take my brother and me to McDonald’s as a treat. There was nothing like reaching into the Happy Meal box and pulling out a Styrofoam container filled with piping hot McNuggets. We savored every bite, dipping the nuggets into Sweet and Sour sauce (me) or BBQ sauce (my brother). Add the french fries and the fried apple pie, and it was pretty much the best lunch ever.

Then you had to break my heart and drop the fried apple pie.

Since then, you’ve made even more changes, and I have one suggestion:

STOP. JUST STOP.

You receive so much criticism from parents about your food, but instead of telling them “this is who we are, deal with it,” you constantly try to please them. Are apples in Happy Meals a good idea? Sure. But I hear some parents want to abolish Happy Meals all together, and I really hope that you (politely, because you’re always polite) tell them to back off. Don’t forget… Happy Meals make people happy because they taste good.

Not long ago I was invited to attend a lunch sponsored by you. I’m not going to lie, my motivation for attending was the free food. But by the end of the lunch, I had new respect for you. One parent said, “McDonald’s, my kid sees your Happy Meal commercials and wants me to buy her one. What are you going to do to stop that from happening?” and you didn’t even roll your eyes!

Mcdonald’s, are you tired? I bet you are so tired. I am exhausted from parenting ONE kid, and there are people out there expecting you to parent theirs, too. That’s gotta suck.

It’s not that I don’t care about what my daughter eats – far from it. But in our house, McDonald’s is a treat. When my daughter saw commercials for your Smurf happy Meal toys, she went crazy, but I didn’t run off to McDonald’s to buy her one (even though your commercials were adorable, well done) – I just told her no. She will get to eat McDonald’s when I, her parent, decide it is appropriate for her. And if I don’t think it is appropriate, I won’t get it for her. But that’s not your problem.

Mickey D’s, in the words of the great poet Billy Joel, “Don’t go changing to try and please me, I’ll take you just the way you are.”

Your pal,
Heather

P.S. Tell Ronald I say hi.

Ronald and Me


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