A PLEASANT CHILDHOOD MEMORY

It’s been quite a while since I did a nostalgia post, so as I was looking through my folders I had an epif…. epip…. uh… a thought occurred to me. Living on a farm we only needed to shop for groceries every two weeks or so. I was always excited when I went to the Piggly Wiggly store with granny. There was a mechanical horse out front that cost a penny to ride. Sometimes she gave me the cash, sometime she didn’t. Once in the supermarket I always made a beeline for the cereal aisle. You see,the manufacturers advertised heavily on after school shows and Saturday morning cartoons. A lot of it tasted like crap, but we didn’t care because they all had a free prize in them. It seemed the neater the surprise, the worse the cereal was. A lot of brands came and went and I found some brands I never heard of. Maybe you remember.


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THESE WERE JUST AWFUL, BUT I WAS A BAD MARBLE SHOOTER AND GRANNY WOULDN’T KEEP PUTTING OUT DIMES TO COVER MY MARBLE LOSSES.
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C’MON,ADMIT IT.YOU CUT THESE STUPID THINGS OFF THE BACK OF THE BOX TO PLAY THEM ON YOUR RECORD PLAYER
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PERPETUAL SUGAR BUZZ IN EXCHANGE FOR A FREE BASEBALL.SEEMS LIKE A FAIR TRADE.
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A FREE MAGNET AND A SCOTCH TAPE OFFER…WHAT A DEAL!
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ANYBODY REMEMBER MAJOR MARS?
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I REMEMBER THE O.K.’S.THE OTHERS,I HAVE NO CLUE
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I’LL BET THE DOLLAR WAS HARDER TO COME BY THAN THE BOX TOP TO SEND FOR YOUR DOLL
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I may not be back in time to do another post today. Carry on.

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4 responses to “A PLEASANT CHILDHOOD MEMORY

  1. chrissythehyphenated

    Love this post, Pete!! I used to think I was sorely deprived being a Catholic kid who had to go to catechism classes on Saturday mornings, so I missed all of the kiddie programming.

    Plus, I had to eat whatever my mother put in front of me or else. (My mother and your granny are probably swapping child rearing tales in Heaven as we speak.) For the longest time, I had scrambled eggs for breakfast. Then she got on a rice and raisins kick; I still love that combo. Then it was poached eggs for some reason.

    After I got married, hubby said he wanted to make pancakes for Sunday brunch, but every Sunday, I felt so awful after that I told him I HAD to have eggs, toast and orange juice for breakfast.

    One morning, when I was tidying up, I got really angry at the girls and SLAMMED my hand on the kitchen table. Then I noticed the clock and wondered why I got angry at the kids at 11 am every morning when they were just playing quietly.

    I finally got to a doctor who could make sense of it all. One of the intake questions was, “Is there any food you MUST eat every day?” Uh yeah. “What happens if you don’t eat those foods?” “I get really cranky.” “And what happens a few hours after you do eat those foods?” “I get really cranky.” “You have a special kind of allergy to those foods that acts like an addiction.”

    I had to go through months of skin testing, plus fasting (think: cold turkey rehab), followed by food challenges. The day we finally felt like I could handle testing eggs, David got some organic ones and was scrambling them when I blew up at him. He said, “What did I do?!” I screamed, “NOTHING! IT’S THE EGGS. GET THEM OUT OF HERE!!” I was sooooooooooo allergic, just the smell sent me over the edge.

    I’d be annoyed with my mother for feeding me eggs, toast and orange juice for years, but I found out I was even MORE allergic to corn and all those cereals are LOADED with corn sugar. When I was tested for corn, I got so weak in all my muscles that I LITERALLY had to crawl to the nurse’s station to get my skin bump measured. It was a blind test, so I’m hanging on to the patient’s stool like a drunk hugging the porcelain and croaking, “WHAT ARE YOU TESTING?!”

    Corn. CORN. Do you have ANY IDEA how pervasive corn is in our processed foods?! At least I found out why the two 6-hour glucose tolerance tests had been “normal” when the whole time I was so weak I couldn’t hold my head up. The way they do that test … first you fast and then they give you a BIG glass of … CORN SYRUP.

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    • My dad was very allergic to corn and anything derived from corn — corn syrup, corn oil, corn starch, corn anything — which made just about everything in existence toxic to him. No wonder he was so cranky all the time.

      Two of my girls were also sensitive to corn, so I started eliminating it from our diets as much as possible. Although I’m not allergic myself, I find I do feel better when I avoid corn and its derivatives — maybe because it means cutting out so much junk food! The nice thing is that after you go through withdrawal, the cravings pretty much disappear.

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  2. Random cereal advertising nuggets:
    Bat Bites — The Spelunker’s Nightmare.
    Crazy Cow — Team USA! In Britain it’s sold as Mad Cow.
    Sugar Coated Rice Krinkles — it’s actually Rice Klinkles, but y’know, the l’il Asian spokesperson …
    The Archies cardboard record, a miracle of technology yet to be topped to this day! You ever heard of a cut-out flash drive? Didn’t think so.
    Crunchy Loggs — the unfortunate result of too much peanut granola.
    The manic Sugar Rice Krinkles clown sent an entire generation to therapy and killed Ringling Brothers ticket sales for twenty years.
    Cocoa Hoots – notice how the red “Os” are strategically placed over the owl’s boobies? Ergo the early inspiration for Hooters.
    Tutti Frutti Twinkles – official breakfast cereal of the LGBT community.
    A doll for a dollar — recently saw a coupon from 1970 Parade Magazine, 7¢ off for Kool-Aid. Don’t let anybody tell you we’re not monetizing our debt at a rate Somalis would envy. A buck today is literally worth less than 1¢ since FDR made gold illegal.

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