When we were growing up, as an annual winter event, my parents would let us buy any box of cereal we wanted for ourselves. An entire box to be eaten as we pleased. All in one sitting, traded with another sibling, eaten dry out of the box...whatever we wanted to do with that box of sugary goodness, we could do.
Why did my parents let us do this? What in the world made them come up with such a strange idea? Granted, we are all a little food obsessed...but I honestly think it happened like this:
Imagine our mother, going on a grocery trip sometime during the middle of winter vacation with anywhere from 3-5 children. After hearing our voices ringing in her head for 30 minutes she tells us to go look at the cereal and pick out a box. "one of our own?" we shriek in an annoyingly loud grocery store voice. "yes, each of you need to choose one. And you can't leave that aisle until EVERYONE has chosen their box, okay?" We all scrambled off, she knows we aren't going to be kidnapped because she can hear us from the other end of the store and all she had to do was pay an extra ten or twelve dollars for some few precious moments of silence.
That's how I think it happened.
Well, if that is not truly how the "annual box of sugary cereal" came about, that's how my kids ended up with Reese's Peanut Butter Puffs in our pantry for this week's breakfast. There are a lot of cereal choices out there and that kind of decision can take a while. Enough of a while for a mom to have a few quiet moments in the next aisle over looking at some canned beans.