Much Ado About Cereal - Short Story - Non-Fiction

A healthy breakfast to start the day off right.


I was standing in the shower one morning when my beloved husband burst into the bathroom and announced, “You ate all the Raisin Bran!” The inflection in his voice was angry and accusatory and I was simply . . . stunned.

“Well, I am not the only person who eats Raisin Bran,” I responded, not quite sure where this exchange was headed, but knowing that he had eaten his fair share and determined to make that point clear.

“I just wanted a bowl of Raisin Bran so I wouldn’t have to stop and get a sausage biscuit; I’m trying to loose weight you know!”

At this I had to stifle a laugh, grateful for the shower curtain that separated us. Yes, he has mentioned the need to drop a few pounds, but this is nothing new. It’s a declaration made on a regular basis, usually followed by a bowl of . . . you guessed it, Raisin Bran.

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“weight loss program”

At lunch he calls while making his way through the local fast-food restaurant ordering his usual burger, fries and a coke. Each evening he consumes the dinner I have consciously endeavored to make as healthy and low calorie as possible to support his “weight loss program”.

After dinner he wanders into the kitchen, pulls out a bag of chips, box of crackers or a “few” cookies and a soda . . . or two, and returns to his recliner to “munch” while watching his favorite television shows.

At the conclusion of the evening news he starts getting ready for bed; this includes washing his face, brushing his teeth and slapping his stomach while announcing, “Man, I need to loose some weight!”

I realized, while I was silently holding my soapy sides in the shower, that what he surely meant to say was “I really wanted some Raisin Bran this morning but we are out. When you go to the store, be sure and get some more, will you hon?” But in his frustration at a no Raisin Bran breakfast which would certainly derail his “weight loss” goal, he knew it was my fault.

I am fully expecting tonight, after he washes his face, brushes his teeth and slaps his stomach he’ll say something like, “Gee I sure could loose some weight if you would quit eating all the Raisin Bran!”

I went to the store right away and bought the “family size” box.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

HAHAHA! Too cute! Maybe you could hide an extra box away somewhere he didn't know about so you could go and "magically" produce it next time he's on the warpath because you "ate it all". I can think of all kinds of wonderful messages to deliver with it, such as "You only have to wish and your magic genie bring it!" or something. Do they still make those individual size little boxes? You could place some of them in various locations and tell him he can get his morning exercise, too, finding his Raisin Bran! - Oh the fun you can have!!

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miss_jkim 6 years ago Author

Funny Nell, you've got some good ideas that I just might employ. ;o)

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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

So funny, I love it thanks for the laugh, we all could use a good laugh about such real matters. :)

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miss_jkim 6 years ago Author

Thanks katie, I've always tried to look at the humorous side of life. It beats getting angry, sad or depressed any time.

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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Pat writes - I simply love this hub, because it is so close to my life - and Tricia's too.

Both of us are slim. We eat sensibly and exercise. (Tricia runs a Pilates business). Our husbands both have expanding waist lines and we know this is all our fault. We eat the Raisin Bran (or whatever) so they have to buy chocolate bars and crisps and eat fast food. We take them on walks that just happen to go by snack bars. We take them to parties with buffet suppers. We don't always get up early to make them a salad to take to the office. Guilty!

Have rated this hub up.

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miss_jkim 6 years ago Author

Glad you enjoyed and could relate 2pats.

I have had to fight the "battle of the bulge" for years. It's not always easy, but something I have learned to incorporate into my daily routine.

MIMOMA 6 years ago

ANOTHER...cute story..Thanks jkim for sharing your clips of FUN... to "Share Your Life WITH A MALE"...and it REALLY is.. they are just so "pampered" by wives...and act like they don't realize it..LOL

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miss_jkim 6 years ago Author

Great response MIMOMA. You are SO right, we do spoil them just a bit don't we? ;o)

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Ingenira 6 years ago

I enjoy corn cereal for breakfast and am loving it. So I make sure I always have enough stock at home. :)

Enjoyed the story, gave me a good start for the day.

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miss_jkim 6 years ago Author

Ingenira, thanks for stopping by and reading. Glad I could contribute to a good day for you.

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