of a different kind
by barbara gewirtz
to the "cooking" moms on these pages, I grew up with a
loving mom who believed that food belonged to one of four food groups:
bottled, bagged, canned or frozen. My lunchbags and supper table
were distinguished by canned tuna, processed cheese singles, and
frozen entrees packaged in convenient foil tins.
differed from all other meals, and stand apart in my memory. Mondays
meant day-old breads and cakes from the local A&P grocery. Supermarkets
were closed on Sundays in those years, and Saturday's leftovers
had been marked down to below half-price! Imagine -- mom said we
could have our choices from among the jelly rolls, frosted muffins,
cinnamon raisin bread, Danish, and more, provided that they had
been marked down. These Monday breakfasts became our family's tradition,
a sort of covenant between the A&P and my sisters and I, until
one day...my sister
felt ill at grade school.
She was sent
to the school nurse. As the nurse proceeded with her exam, she benignly
asked many questions including, "what did you eat for breakfast?"
Having noted my sister's response, and due to her slight fever,
the nurse called my mother at home asking her to come to the nurse's
office to pick up her daughter. Upon my mother's arrival, the nurse
seized the opportunity for a lengthy and detailed discourse on the
benefits of a healthy, nutritious start to a student's day, assuming
that these Monday breakfast "specials" were the norm in
embarrassment that afternoon marked the last of my Monday mark-down
memories. To this day, I doubt that my sister's malaise was in any
way related to jelly rolls or derived from a Danish. In these current
shelf-stable times, when scanning the shelves on a Monday morning,
you're not likely to find any boxed cereals reduced to half-price.
You may see, on occasion, reduced-price fresh fruits, and they will
usually be found in my mother's grocery cart.
Barbara's adventures with jelly rolls may be the inspiration for
her love of nutrition. She is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist,
as well as an Editorial Consultant. She has lent all of these talents
to this web site. Barbara lives in Brooklyn, New York. Click to
meet Barbara on our about us page.
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