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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

He Lives A Hard Hard Life, Just Ask Him

I have not been grocery shopping in awhile. We still have plenty of food in the house to eat, just not the staples that the kids enjoy... bread, soy milk, eggs, bagels, flour...

Breakfast this morning was a bit of a challenge. We are out of all the usual fare. So I made a big pot of Cream of Wheat. I like it and most of my children like it.

Except, of course, my eldest son, who feels it is his birthright to enjoy a sugary breakfast cereal each morning. He was playing with the Cream of Wheat in his bowl, having already sweetened it with brown sugar AND maple syrup, when he says, "You know how in books sometimes when they talk about poor people, orphans, and prisoners and they say they had to eat gruel? Well I am thinking that they mean Cream of Wheat."

And with tears welling in my eyes and my hand held over my heart, I replied, "Oh yes my son, what a poor tortured existence you must suffer through."

"I can tell you are being sarcastic, you know."

At least I am teaching them something.

13 Comments:

Blogger Meg said...

Oh my lord, I LOVE cream of wheat. Your son is insane.

12:38 PM  
Blogger MamaGeph said...

LOL! Oliver Twist he ain't. "Please, sir, may I have some Captain Crunch?"

12:54 PM  
Blogger dazeymae said...

"shut up Oliver, you'll need a good breakfast to get all the thieving done today...."

hahahahaha

make them grits tomorrow.
no butter,
no jelly
no salt
just grits.
He'll beg for cream of wheat.

2:11 PM  
Blogger Sleeping Mommy said...

I can just see my oldest in a few years pulling the same stunt.

2:39 PM  
Blogger novaks8 said...

Too funny!

3:12 PM  
Blogger halloweenlover said...

I wish I could trade our sugary cereal for cream of wheat! Around here, we don't even take the 5 minutes to make it. It is just ziploc baggies of sugary cereal for breakfast.

4:26 PM  
Blogger Peggy said...

I remember thinking it was a crime to be fed cream of wheat...now I love it! Maybe he will come around in his "old" age LOL

8:42 PM  
Blogger TBG said...

I know how he is feeling. Not a fan of cream of wheat. Too funny.

9:37 PM  
Blogger buffi said...

SugarPlum always lets me know how much she *hates it* when I am sarcastic. That's the point, though, isn't it? hee hee!

12:07 AM  
Blogger J said...

I can't help it, my imagination has gotten the better of me; I have to ask:
How many servings of Cream of Wheat did you make?
When you say a big pot, I'm picturing my stock pot.
Also, we're huge COW fans, especially in fall and winter. My mom sings a song about it from back in the pioneer days when she was growing up:
Cream of Wheat is so good to eat, and we have it everyday.
We sing this song; it will make us strong, and it makes us shout, "Hooray!"
It's good for growing babies, and grownups too to eat.
For all the family's breakfast, you can't beat Cream of Wheat.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Mama Heffalump said...

Maybe he would like CoCo Wheats better... anybody else remember those? LOL!

11:08 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

J,
Not quite as big as a stock pot ;-) According to the package I make 12 servings, which uses 12 cups of water. Probably not much more than you make since it really isn't a favorite of anyone here.

1:07 PM  
Blogger J said...

Ooooh, you should try it with milk (though I've never tried it with soy milk...you don't do milk, right?) and see if they don't sing a different tune.

5:04 PM  

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