Every family has a preferred meal of the day. Some families have big, elaborate dinners. Some (like ours) go all out at breakfast. I am not talking about brunch on Sunday. I am talking about weekday breakfasts, get-your-day-started-off-on-the-right-foot breakfasts.
Every Sunday, sure, we go all out with pancakes and either bacon or sausage. My kids typically don’t eat lunch on Sundays because they just keep coming back to the kitchen for more pancakes.
During the week, the girls get cereal and toaster waffles. My girls get plenty to eat at breakfast. If they don’t eat lunch, I am not surprised. Sometimes, they eat second breakfast at their morning day cares. I don’t know where they keep it all.
While I am pretty boring and routine in my breakfast ritual (Cheerios and a fruit smoothie), my kids love variety.
Every day they have a different cereal. You can compare our house in the morning to staying overnight at a hotel and waking up to the free continental breakfast – so much selection offered in such a small window of time.
Currently we have 14 boxes or bags of cereal in our house. Yes, you read correctly and, yes, we are still just a family of four. Part of this is my fault because during my last trip to Costco I forgot we already had Raisin Bran and I picked up the double wide two-pack of it. We also have two boxes of Fiber One and two different varieties of Kix.
It’s ridiculous. No one needs that much cereal – especially not a family of four.
But we have them. It takes up far too much room in our pantry. The other downside is the requirement of milk with cereal. I don’t do dry cereal, I won’t put juice on cereal and I won’t put water on cereal. So when the milk runs out – and it’s guaranteed that the milk will go before the cereal with 14 boxes! – we head back to the store for our hoity-toity, organic, expensive milk.
No, we are not smart shoppers. The grocery stores love us.
Not long ago I started eating cereal to suppress my sweet tooth at night. Instead of eating a handful of M&Ms or having a bowl of ice cream, I pour a bowl of cereal. I am the only one in the house who does this, though. And there’s just one cereal set aside as my dessert cereal. The other ones are there purely for breakfast.
I don’t know how our cereal obsession started. It’s a more recent thing. I guess there could be worse things – we could have an ice cream obsession with 14 gallons of ice cream in the freezer. That would be super unhealthy and a little bizarre. No, we have cereal. It’s a ton of cereal and I am pretty sure that if someone stumbled across our pantry while visiting our house, they would suggest an intervention.
But this is my family – funny breakfast quirks and all.
Angela Borchert is a freelance writer who lives in Vacaville. Reach her at email@example.com.