Yuck or Yum: Cereal

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Maggie’s Birthday List:

1. Froot Loops

That is what my Birthday List looked like when I turned 5. That’s right, Froot Loops were the only thing I asked for that year. I wasn’t interested in anything else – not Beanie Babies, Polly Pocket toys or even a Magna Doodle. The only thing I wanted was a box of Toucan Sam.

This sweetened, fruit-flavored breakfast cereal was my favorite. It was the only cereal I liked and I ate it as if Kellogg’s announced they were discontinuing the brand. Unlike my brother who ate Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Lucky Charms among countless other brands of cereal, I was loyal to my Froot Loops. Our cereal differences didn’t end there. Sam let cereal soak in milk before he started eating because he preferred soggy bites over crisp crunches. He filled up his bowl countless times and reuse old milk, which he drank to finish.

I ate my Froot Loops like a dog eats filet mignon: it practically disappeared the moment it was placed in front of me. I had no choice but to eat it quickly because soggy cereal was the worst. Soggy cereal is like bread that ducks eat out of the pond – it’s mushy and gross. It was imperative that my Froot Loops were poured into a bowl of milk, not the other way around, because that was the only way to postpone the sog. If I wanted another bowl, I insisted on having fresh milk because the grainy rainbow residue that coated my milk was not my idea of fun.

YUCKNow-a-days, cereal is much less appealing.  I don’t enjoy the process of eating cereal. It’s hard to eat and the stress to avoid sog does not outweigh the positive. Cereal just doesn’t taste good, especially first thing in the morning.

It’s safe to say that I didn’t ask for cereal for my 26th birthday.

Pickin’ Your Brain:

  • Are you a cereal killer or a cereal savor-er? Tell me about it!