Sometimes you get to relive moments through such ordinary items. The most recent memory was sparked several weeks ago in a dream about breakfast with my PawPaw Pilcher...
The dream went something like this: PawPaw and I were sitting at the bar in my
grandparents home at Oakwood Acres getting ready to have breakfast. My PawPaw poured himself a bowl of cereal - small, brown "O" shapes - with milk. He offered me some and I turned it down for grits and eggs. My PawPaw kept telling me I should try it, that it was so yummy, etc. but I wouldn't. I told him that it looked funny and I didn't like it, even though I had never tried it. (This was the same scenario that played out hundreds of times in my childhood.)
I don't really remember the rest of the dream, but I have been fixated on trying to figure out the name of the cereal for almost three weeks. That cereal and those mornings at my grandparents are awesome memories that I want to be able to relive.
On Friday evening, I was bound and determined to figure out the name of the cereal and get a box. All I could remember was that the cereal was shaped like an "O" and was in a blue box. I swear that I spent 10 minutes on the cereal aisle Friday night, but I found it! (By the way, did you realize there are like 300 different cereals on the cereal aisle??!!??)
I was so excited! Even though it was $4.99 for the box, I had to have it. I opened the box and the smell of the cereal was just as I remembered it - sweet and delicious, like oatmeal cookies.
Yesterday, when I was packing snacks and lunches for today, I wasn't sure what I was going to do with the cereal. I don't usually eat cereal with milk - I usually eat it dry or in my yogurt. I ended up measuring out a serving and ate it along with my yogurt this morning. I have to say that my PawPaw would be proud!
If you haven't tried it, you must!
I also found an Ode to Cracklin' Oat Bran that I feel I must share:
When cookies for breakfast
seem like too much
and your diet requires
a fiberific punch
there is hope to be found
that is nothing short of grand:
a little blue box
of Cracklin' Oat Bran.
Now I know what you're saying
"That's for people who are old,
with bowels that are flabby
and covered in mold!"
Well I say to you all:
"You best not be hatin'.
It might not look that great
But the proof's in the tastin'!"
It's like cookies in milk
but your colon takes a beating!
And if you're on a diet
it makes you feel like you're cheating!
The combo is perfect
for grandpa AND child!
So pour yourself a bowl
and drive your large intestine wild!
(Awesome ode Allison! So true!!)