Our parents lived on wheat germ, nuts, grilled vegetables, homemade yogurt, and lots of raw broccoli. Our dreams, therefore, were about junk food. And, lots of it!
We insisted we would eat ice cream every day. We wold have Hostess Twinkies in our cabinets, Mallomars in every cookie jar, soda flowing freely from all our faucets, and chips always on hand. Breakfast, the most important meal of the day, would start off just right - with sweet cereal in big bowls. Yes, we dreamed about the day we would have our own homes and could finally stock our cabinets with the good stuff.
We didn't let our parents unfortunate health habits dissuade us. Every Saturday the family made our weekly trip to Bohaks, a supermarket in the next town over. Each week we wandered the aisles, looking longingly at all the fun treats - not the Fruit Cocktail and shortbread cookies my mother called dessert. When we got to the Sweet Cereal aisle it was always the same plea. "Just one box. Come on. We'll never ask again. Pretty please, with sugar on top." Ok, maybe not "the sugar on top" part. That would be adding insult to injury, wouldn't it?
January 13, 1973. Thirty-seven years ago. That was the year my father buckled. Standing right there in the cereal aisle, he conceded. Yes, to sweet cereal. One box on this one day each year.
I haven't missed a Sweet Cereal Day since.
Even while I was in college living in Manzanita Hall, where bottomless canisters of sweet cereal could be found everywhere and my parents could be found nowhere, I still only treated myself to sweet cereal on the much anticipated January 13. Wherever I go, so goes this favorite family tradition. New York, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, back to Georgia, Kentucky, and then back to Texas again.
Today I celebrate with my boys. One box Captain Crunch. One box Sugar Smacks. One box Coco Puffs. One box for breakfast. One box for lunch. And, one box for dinner.
Join me, won't you? But, it's B.Y.O.B. (Bring your own box). Which box of sweet cereal will you be bringing?
Signing off until tomorrow when I should start coming down from my sugar high!