The Early Bird gets the Eggo Waffle
In my family, if you wanted to satisfy your hunger and indulge in a delightful treat, you had to be quick, lightning-fast even. The concept of food disappearing in the blink of an eye was not a mere exaggeration; it was our daily reality. And when it came to coveted items like frozen waffles, the race to claim your fair share was akin to a high-stakes competition. Ah, those precious boxes of frozen goodness, symbolizing hope and breakfast bliss.
Picture this: if we were fortunate enough, a solitary box of frozen waffles would grace our freezer, its cardboard container serving as a beacon of anticipation. But here's the catch—it was expected to last the entire month. A seemingly impossible feat, considering the voracious appetites residing within our household. In reality, that solitary box rarely made it past the first couple of days, succumbing to the ravenous onslaught of waffle enthusiasts.
It was an unspoken understanding that once the seal was broken, all waffle-related restraint flew out the window. Suddenly, it was every man, woman, and child for themselves. The aroma of freshly toasted waffles would waft through the air, triggering an insatiable frenzy, aptly named "waffle madness." And the only cure for this peculiar malady, as universally acknowledged, was the unfortunate depletion of the entire waffle inventory.
One might scoff at the absurdity of this scenario, but I assure you, it was our reality, deeply rooted in the depths of our family history. In fact, there existed a vintage commercial from the year 1987 that perfectly encapsulated this chaotic dance of waffle consumption. Watching it now, it may appear whimsical and nonsensical, but the essence of that commercial mirrored the surreptitious maneuvers required to secure a waffle or two without alerting the entire household and initiating an irreversible waffle stampede.
Oh, the lengths we went to for those crispy, golden delights! Silence became our ally, our greatest asset. The early bird caught the waffle, as they say, and if you were stealthy enough to rise before the clamor of hungry souls emerged, you might stand a chance at preserving a few waffles for your personal enjoyment. The key was to devour them discreetly, to avoid raising suspicion, and to stash the remaining treasures inconspicuously in the depths of the freezer.
It became a rare triumph, a month-long victory if one managed to relish the heavenly taste of waffles on more than a single occasion. In hindsight, perhaps I should have considered employing one of those handheld fans—those miniature, portable wonders that emitted a gentle breeze. Why, you might ask? Well, they could have served as the perfect diversion, a distraction from the tantalizing aroma of waffles, effectively lulling my fellow household members into a state of blissful ignorance while I clandestinely enjoyed my much-cherished breakfast delicacy.
Alas, time has passed, and those days of waffle wars have become treasured memories. Our palates have expanded, and our breakfast options have multiplied. Frozen waffles no longer hold the same mythical power over our appetites. Yet, every now and then, a sense of nostalgia sweeps over me, and I find myself yearning for a taste of that simpler time—a time when the battle for waffles raged on, and the joy of savoring those crispy delights was worth every stealthy maneuver and whispered breakfast conspiracy.