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Breakfast Cereal

Updated on October 15, 2011

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I was born and raised in the sticks and much of my upbringing was down on the farm although we lived in a small cotton mill village where my parents both worked in the mill. Having roots such as I did, cereal was not a regular choice for breakfast in our home. Mama always was up early firing up that old Roman Eagle wood cook stove with the kindling wood I had carried in the evening before as one of my daily chores.

It didn't take her long before she had sifted flour and had a pan of biscuits in the oven. The smell of country ham or sausage filled our four room house in the village and we didn't linger long under that mound of covers on our bed and hurriedly put on our clothes. The cereal we ate then was always a cooked variety. Grits, creamed wheat, or oatmeal to go with our eggs,biscuits and meat.I could handle the grits but the creamed wheat and oatmeal made me gag. I will never forget my mama making me eat oatmeal on my first day of school. She was (and still is by the way) one of those stoic little Scottish ladies who did not defer when applying the board of education to the seat of learning. She knew it was in my best interest to eat a good breakfast to begin the day. After many attempts to get it all down and make it stay down, I was finally allowed to leave the table and head off to my first day of school. I hated oatmeal until I became an adult and eat it regularly today.

Cornflakes were the first cold cereal to make it to our breakfast table. In those days we just added a little sugar to make them taste better. Later I found adding fruit such as bananas and peaches or strawberries gave them a college education. Shredded wheat which always reminded me of a bale of hay was next. I still will not eat shredded wheat. We got a television along about that time and there were so many cereal commercials we began to ask for Rice Krispies and some of those other brands and could sing the jingles with the best of our peers. Cocoa Puffs, Fruit Loops, and who could ever forget Tony,"The Tiger."

General Mills founded in the last 1800's has brought many cereals to our breakfast tables. Whether good or bad or us is the question. Certainly those which have essential nutrients are the best for us. Concerns about sugar in many cereals have recently been an interest among nutritionist. Some producers are now cutting the sugar content of their product. This is a good thing and always a positive if what we eat can be made more healthy.

I will always be a biscuit and gravy man. Cereal is good in a crunch,no pun intended, when there are time constraints and my favorites are not available.

Cereal for breakfast?

Do you like cereal for breakfast and what is your favorite?

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      Pete Fanning 6 years ago from Virginia

      I love Cereal, especially the kid cereals!! Great Hub

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      RobertElias Ballard 6 years ago from From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina

      Thank you Dexter for stopping by to read and comment. Means so much to me.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 6 years ago from United States

      I really enjoyed reading about your breakfast choices. This is a very unique hub. I don't mind cold cereal. I have to be in the mood for oatmeal! Great hub!

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Lucky you, your mom made you breakfast the traditional way. I never ate cereal growing up in Singapore. Breakfast was a bowl of porridge with an egg or some preserved veggies. To this day, I don't eat cereal on a regular basis but I sure wish my kids would 'cos it would save a lot of trouble--just a box of cereal and some milk. Thanks for sharing a slice of your life:)

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      RobertElias Ballard 6 years ago from From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina

      Thanks barbergirl28.

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I voted cold... but wish there was an option... I go back and forth depending on what I am in the mood for. Although my choice usually isn't cereal at all. For the most part, I like my yogurt in the morning. But, I love me some biscuits and gravy or even scrambled eggs. Yum... think I might make a big breakfast tomorrow.

      However, I must add how times really have changed. When I was growing up, making a big breakfast was a special occasion. Always on the weekends, but not always on the weekends. It was reserved as a family meal, where as the cold stuff (although this included oatmeal and other cereal varieties) often times were when we were eating by ourselves.

      Wonderfully entertaining hub!

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      cre8ivOne 6 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Nice Hub Cousin Fudd!

      You were very lucky to have so many wonderful things for breakfast growing up. I had a combination as a kid, if my mother was in a hurry it was cold cereal or poptarts, but on the weekends we had pancakes or eggs. I personally have a few favorite cold cereals but I also love oatmeal and cream of wheat. : )