When you brought home your new SUV, you brought with it arestraining order prohibiting your children from bringing foodwithin 10 feet of it. And they obliged, and you were proud, and theworld made sense.

Then one night, football practice ran long and there was nothingto eat at home and someone said, “Let’s just pick somethingup.”

A spirited discussion ensued. You used the phrase “slipperyslope,” and everyone rolled their eyes. Soon you were outnumberedand exhausted; their persistence proving more formidable than yourappeals to the antiquated notions of pride and hard work, so youcaved. Oh, you laid down the law, to be sure. You proclaimed thedeath penalty for the infraction of dropping even one French fry inthe car.

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