A Cereal Girl

cereal-bowlMadonna is a Material Girl. Me? I’m more of a cereal girl.

When I was growing up on the farm, breakfast almost always consisted of cold cereal with a healthy dose of pasteurized milk. When we woke up in the morning, there simply wasn’t time for a breakfast that required much preparation. We had cows to milk.

Once in a while we might have oatmeal, but seldom did we have pancakes or waffles or other traditional hot breakfast fare. Those fancy foods were reserved for supper.

Although we tried various cereal brands, my family generally was partial to Kelloggs cereal products. Corn Flakes, Frosted Flakes, and Rice Krispies were the Big 3 and always in our cupboard. Occasionally they’d be supplemented by other brands and flavors, such as Cheerios, Honeycomb, or Lucky Charms. With coupons and pleading we sometimes would be allowed Crispy Critters, Alpha-Bits, or King Vitamin.

Now I still like the sugary stuff for a sometime snack. But for breakfast I usually favor something in bran with skim milk. Such is life for today’s older and wiser cereal girl.

Laura Sternweis


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