Friday, April 24, 2009

Why It's Good to Be a Grown Up

When I was little, my mother fed me canned fruit cocktail to keep me, a-hem, regular.

The overarching detail of that memory is the one or two beautiful halves of bright maraschino cherries hidden in the melange.

I yearned for those pretty cherries and would beg for them, and bless her heart, she would let me have them, and anyone else who wanted the fruit got stuck with the bald grapes and grainy pears.

I did like to drink the "juice" in my bowl afterward, probably all sugar water.

Anyway, the other day I was enjoying a newly re-discovered joy: cottage cheese with pineapple. Yum.

I was just mow-mowing away when it hit me, "Wouldn't this be good with cherries?"

A quick trip to the fridge proved fruitful, pardonnez ze pun.

So I added a couple of cherries and got so happy.

I'm a simple girl.

Then I had another thought: "I want more cherries."

"No," I told myself. "Get control of yourself, woman. You only get two cherries, and you know it."

But then I back-talked myself, "Who made that rule? Mortimer Dole?"

And so ... I ate a lot of cherries.

And I loved it.

So here is reason 27 of "Why It's Good to Be a Grown Up": You get all the cherries you want.

31 comments:

jennifer said...

whoo hoo! sometimes being a grown-up really does pay off...

skoots1mom said...

I liked it when my mom would make pears with MiracleWhip, grated cheddar cheese and a cherry in the middle (it was one of our summer staples). I've graduated to "dark or black cherries"...OMGoodness, they're delish! I made a jello salad with them last week (with whipped cream combined in the top layer)

Seeker said...

Ya gotta love that....all the cherries you want. I like cottage cheese with peaches and bread and butter....since growing up... i sometimes eat it for lunch...YUP being big has advantages

Stepping Stones of Promise said...

Whoo Hoo!!!!

Beth in NC said...

Too cute! That is a sweet memory (pardon the pun) of your childhood. And I'm glad you can enjoy your cherries today too! You only live once -- eat those cherries girl!

:o)

Susan D said...

The best part of this story....is the picture. Eating the last of the cottage cheese w/pineapple and cherries out of the container. rofl Blessings, SusanD

Susan Storm Smith said...

Interesting walk down memory lane. Yes, it is good to be the grown-up. I'm also laughing at skoots1mom, I haven't thought of Miracle Whip & pears since I was a kid. An aunt used to make them. Thanks ladies for great memories.

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Having samples skoots jello salad I can confirm it's yummy-ness. It was really good!

and the only way to eat cottage cheese is with some kind of fruit mixed in!

It's good to be grown up!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Because life is rarely a bowl of cherries, but sometimes it is a cupful of them.

Chatty Kelly said...

AS long as you don't apply this rule to beer, it's okay. LOL!

Seriously, isn't life funny when you do (as an adult) have to think "who made this rule and is it really applicable?"

Kay said...

...and you don't have to eat asparagus from a can either. GAG. I didn't even know I *liked* asparagus until I grew up and ate some that was 'real'. LOL

We used to eat pears with Miracle Whip and cheese too. That's so funny. I loved it!

Mocha with Linda said...

Hadn't thought about fruit cocktail in years, but you nailed the description. Bald grapes - LOL!

Debbie said...

I'm glad to know that I wasn't the only kid who wondered why Dole was SOOO stingy with the cherries! You would think he would toss in a couple more for the other kids in the family!!!!

Mel said...

Indeed that is a great reason to be grown up!!! Cherries, lots of cherries!!!

ann said...

Fruit cocktail, huh? I will have to remember that for Emily. She has become a juice-a-holic because juice works for her. But I'm going to try fruit cocktail. I'll let her have all the cherries too.

Bonnie said...

I just think you are so funny. And yes, when we are grow up we can have as many cherries as we want!

Heth said...

Oh man, the cherries were the best part. You are so right, "Who made up that rule?" I think a new motto you need to adopt is, "You aren't the boss of me." And then eat the whole jar of cherries.

Lynn said...

You always make me smile. It's going to be a great Friday. Love ya' girl. Hugs.

sara said...

you know I never liked cherries until I became a grown up!! It was finding them in my all time favorite cherry limeade that got me hooked!

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

Pineapple and cottage cheese is a favorite of mine. The best I ever had was on vacation one time and we were eating at a buffet but it was a fairly late dinner. They had a dish with a relatively thin layer of cottage cheese with pineapple rings on top and then cherries in the pineapple hole. It had been there long enough that the cottage cheese under the cherries was pink from the juice and it was absolutely delicious. Thanks for bringing that memory to mind.

Here's wishing you a great day,with a cherry on top!

Lois Lane II said...

HAHA! Good point!

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

Someone in the fruit cocktail industry has become a rebel. You can now buy a can called "very cherry" with extra cherries. Probably some kid who had to share the cherries with his little brother and is now all grown up.

"Why It's Good to Be a Grown Up": You get all the cherries you want."
That should be on a t-shirt!

Laurie Ann said...

Always a bonus! I love cherries. Happy Friday!

Sheryl said...

Yeah what you said..... :-)

Have a great weekend.

Carmen Gamble said...

Bald grapes? Wahahaha! That strikes me as SO FUNNY! It's nice we can make our own rules now...that's why there's the Red Hat Society...rebels at heart...all of 'em! You, my dear, are a Cherry Rebel.

beckyjomama said...

The grown up thing also really pans out when ya need that 2nd - or 7th - cookie of the day too! YAY grown ups ... and now I have to call my man and ask him to pick up some cherries on the way home!

Merrie said...

So you could say that your adult life IS a bowl of cherries!

Amy said...

well there were three of us kids at the table and only two cherry halves...I remember the fights and finally the rotations of who got the cherries...if anything my mom was fair. She did pair halves with cream cheese on top...and I love pinapple with cottage cheese...great post good memories from my midwestern up bringing.

Amy
www.allthingsaro.blogspot.com

PJ said...

Oh Yeah!!! Hurray for adulthood!! Once in a while we reallly get to be our own boss!

Fiddledeedee said...

We are indeed kindred spirits. And I love that you eat your cottage cheese right out of the container. That is efficient.

Garden Girl said...

Ah, the cherries. There were three of us kids. Mom would cut EACH cherry into thirds so we would all have equal bits of red in our small bowls. Too funny!
Thanks for the memory.