I was meandering through Kroger a couple of weeks ago with a little time to kill and I just stopped next to the grapefruit. It took me a few moments to realize that the sweet, tangy smell reminded me of my grandpa. I smiled and put a couple in a bag and started rolling again.
A few minutes later I was reaching out for the cottage cheese and it struck me that the only reason I still eat this stuff is that my Mom and I used to eat it together on weekend mornings with fruit and toast. I don’t even love the stuff, but I always seem to have some in the fridge.
This got me thinking. How much food do I buy based on nostalgia alone?
- Apple sauce and cinnamon bagles were my mother’s answer to my rampant sweet cravings – I still think they kick butt.
- Bananas have been my personal crack ever since I started sports in elementary school – my mom encouraged it since I always seemed to need potassium.
- Microwaveable Brownies, Coca-Cola, Edwards pecan pie slices, and Frosted Mini-Wheats were how my step-dad and I bonded in the beginning. We both eat much healthier now, but those were good times, lol.
- Oreos remind me of the first times I showed both my little sisters how to eat them “properly”. 🙂
- Cinnamon and sugar graham crackers and canned mandarin oranges were the snacks of choice for me and grandma.
- Raisin Bran was the only cereal me and grandpa could agree on.
- Blueberries and blackberries are just full of memories – I must have picked gallons and gallons over the years with my mom, sisters, uncles, aunts, and grandparents.
- Peaches remind me of the trip my mom took us on to pick our own, the treks we made in Argentina to get the freshest, tastiest ones possible, and the trip with my in-laws where we stopped on the way home for the best peaches in Texas.
- Double-decker sandwiches make me smile since they were my mom’s way of making pre-teen me feel older even though everybody still treated me like a child.
- Soda and shot glasses bring back memories of kid-friendly drinking games with me and my uncles.
- Big Red gum and Twizzlers were the favorite treats of one of my favorite uncles and I still feel like a sneaky little kid when I grab them from the checkout counters at the last possible moment…
When I really think about it, very few foods have made it into my cart without some association with a loved one…even the main dishes are chosen based on what hubby and I love to eat together. I would never had thought that my subconscious had so much control!
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