It reminded me that sometimes happy is healthier
It was a rare Mother’s Day for our family, because usually this time of year I wouldn’t be able to celebrate it with my parents. But because I was home this year, my little sister and I decided to do something a little special for my mom.
No, not flowers. But pancake cereal.
Pancake cereal has been trending online recently, and you may have seen it on platforms like TikTok, Facebook, or Instagram. While I’m usually not one to partake in strange internet food trends, I couldn’t help but find it hilarious and tempting to try. I was spending all day at home anyways, so it seemed why not?
It took us a combined nearly three hours to make all of the mini pancakes, and we even had two sizes: mini, and extra-mini.
It was an odd and absurd undertaking, but incredibly fun nonetheless. The entire family got together in the morning, and we all dug into the ridiculous breakfast meal. Enjoyed with almond milk, fresh strawberries, and some normal sized pancakes, our mom was overjoyed. The house smelled of toasty sugar and syrup, and melted butter, and the room was filled with a kind of bright warmth and homeyness that I hadn’t felt in a while.
Being stuck in quarantine and constantly reminded of the importance of maintaining our health and boosting our immunity, I had been so keen on eating “right” that I had forgone some of the more pleasant joys in life, like warm pancakes for breakfast. Not to say that I should be eating pancakes with syrup every morning, but it reminded me that sometimes happy is healthier.
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