July 7, 2008

Man vs Domicile: Cereal

Breakfast is a treacherous time in the domicile. The most familiar challenge at breakfast time is the possibility (realized many unfortunate times in the past) of running out of milk from the shared cowsmilk supply.

However, a new challenge has reared its head.

In the past, one would reach into the cereal cupboard and simply decide which sort of cereal to eat. Similar to the milk, the cereal was a shared supply. But sibling rivalry has upturned the natural cereal order.

The children are allowed to eat a limited amount of sugary cereal in addition to their semi-healthy cereals (bran flakes and shredded wheat). Apparently, there was a disagreement about the uneven rate of consumption of cereal which led to a system in which the children now inscribe their names on cereal boxes to mark their food territory.

The effect? To be even, we now maintain a double-supply of sugary cereal. It has crowded out other (less-sugary) choices. And when you grab a box of cereal today, it has somebody's name on it.

This is such an unmitigated success from the standpoint of the children, I'm bracing myself for Sharpie-scrawled names on electrical outlets, furniture, bathrooms, apples, and corners of the pool.

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Gee I didn't have to start writing my name on food until sr year of college.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at July 7, 2008 10:06 AM

Celiac has done the writing on our cereal boxes for us.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 7, 2008 10:23 AM

"...I'm bracing myself for Sharpie-scrawled names on electrical outlets, furniture, bathrooms, apples, and corners of the pool."

Actually, I'm surprised they haven't claimed a bathroom for themselves. You might offer that as a pre-emptive strike to ward off the Sharpie-ing of your home, for when an individual sees success in a method, he or she is likely to expand the original inended use, no? Is not this type of forward thinking what makes this country great?

Vive la Sharpie!

Posted by: Patti M. at July 7, 2008 10:26 AM

As I recall, our food was labeled with a Jewish star and a cross. (B.O.B. was elected Pope of our Pep Band.)

Posted by: briwei at July 7, 2008 5:53 PM

We have different but similarly ridiculous systems in place in our house.

Posted by: Karen at July 7, 2008 6:59 PM

Sometimes, when I buy a bunch of non-perishable ingredients for a recipe I might not make for a while, I'll mark them to make sure I don't forget why I bought them.

I wonder if this means I'm senile.

Posted by: Julie at July 7, 2008 9:19 PM

Julie, that's a good idea. There have been times when Bob and I have said to eachother, "Why did we buy that?"

I think the last instance was a jar of red curry paste. I wish I could remember the recipe and where it is.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 8, 2008 9:32 AM

Patti, I have to warn that it doesn't work if, when short on groceries or feeling forgetful, you use up these reserved provisions anyway and neglect to put them back on your shopping list!

Posted by: Julie at July 8, 2008 11:42 AM

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