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Ode to Oatmeal (written during breakfast)

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I’ve always loved breakfast. I had one of those moms who cooked every morning, before school. Mom said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day and that you couldn’t run your engine, unless your tank was full. I distinctly remember her giving me a big bowl of Cream of Wheat and telling me that it would stick to my ribs. I’d walk to school, thinking about those thick clumps of Cream of Wheat, clinging to my ribs and gradually wearing away, as the day went on. I felt like I had protection, invisible breakfast armor. I still do. Audrey and I are the breakfast eaters in this family. We love it and we have to have it, every day.

Today’s Creativity Journal assignment goes right along with the breakfast theme. Day 9: Make something with your breakfast before you eat it.

Voila! Oatmeal Art

For a double whammy, I wrote this heartwarming ode, while I was eating:
Ode to Oatmeal (written during breakfast)

Oatmeal, my oatmeal, how I love thee
Thy 100% whole grain oats, rolled to perfection
Give cause to rejoice and beget morning genuflection
No wonder the Quaker Man worships you so

Oatmeal, my oatmeal, thou art far superior
To the Tiger, the Cap'n, the lowbred Leprechaun
The sugar-drenched Toucan and the Rabbit, woebegone
Your soluble fiber brings heart-healthy diets great delight

Oatmeal, my oatmeal, thy wonders are ceaseless
Thou reduceth cholesterol, with one mighty sweep
Thy sodium-free power makes my heart weep
To be filling, yet nutritious, is beyond human comprehension

Oatmeal, my oatmeal, I will shower thee with gifts
Of blueberries, strawberries, raisins and more
The occasional cinnamon chip from the grocery store
Your old-fashioned oats will be never be forgotten

(No, I do NOT have too much time on my hands. I was just making creative use of my breakfast time. LOL)

Eat your breakfast--my mom was smart!! :)
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  • KIPPER15
    Ove the Ode and love oatmeal too! It is my go to breakfast all winter. emoticon
    1865 days ago
    Hurrah for Oatmeal. I shall have some for my really late breakfast today and I shall sprinkle Cinnamon all over it! LOL

    Loving the photobomb by the VEGGIETALES! Love them!

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    1865 days ago
    I love this....great poem..and must get my oatmeal out now.
    1865 days ago
    I love oatmeal...and breakfast, in general. Mom always made us eat a good breakfast and I know what you mean about feeling that special armor to battle our day. Today was oatmeal for me, but mine didn't include such a creative ode...or all the embellishments :) Cheers to starting the day off right! emoticon
    1865 days ago
  • KITKAT717
    This is great!! You are always so upbeat and creative!!! emoticon
    1865 days ago
  • SUSIEQ911
    OMG I love it! Your ode that is.

    And oatmeal too.

    Never liked it as a kid. Never liked breakfast as a kid. My mom let me eat Ho Hos just so I would eat before school.

    Now...I look forward to breakfast every single day. It's like a game for me. What kind of goodness can I get for under 350 calories that will fill me up. Usually it's yogurt with some kind of granola (see oatmeal) sprinkled in with cinnamon or some fruit in it.

    Perhaps you should continue with this ode're good at it!

    1865 days ago
    I love oatmeal as well, but don't have enough time on my hands, especially i nthe morning.
    I make this oatmeal "muffins" every Sunday evening, complete with frozen berries, oatmeal, whole wheat flour, and egg and either almond milk or water, depending on what's in my fridge. they're portable oatmeal, and also stick to my ribs with a quick zap in the office microwave (~180 calories each).
    Hope you have a great day!
    1865 days ago
  • DNRAE1
    I love oatmeal too! I always put on fruit, nuts, and sometimes yogurt! Yummmmm!

    1865 days ago
  • EDWARDS1411
    I too had a Mom who made us hot oatmeal and Cream of Wheat in the morning and she too said it would stick to my ribs LOL! And I still have them both!! Luv your oatmeal art and the ode is great!!!
    1865 days ago
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    1865 days ago
    Love the Ode to Oatmeal! Oatmeal is my staple breakfast item as well. I love finding new things to mix in to give it some unique flavor.

    Breakfast is the best meal of the day in my opinion!

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    1865 days ago
    let me guess you are catholic`(the genuflaction gave it away lol)
    here´s another verse.

    oatmeal,my oatmeal,i praise you to be
    you are so nutritious and filling
    that to go to toilet i am willing
    same place ,same time tomorrow then
    1865 days ago
    But didn't your mother tell you not to play with your food? LOL.

    What a great way to start the day.
    1865 days ago
    I too MUST have breakfast now! Didn't used to be a breakfast eater. It's oatmeal with raisins for me every morning, for an extra protein punch I top it with a scoop of fat free cottage cheese and LIGHTLY sprinkle it with cinnamon and sugar. Works for me. BTW, I keep my cinnamon and sugar in a salt shaker and that shaker lasts me for months!
    1865 days ago
    Haha! Love it!!

    Love the Veggie Tales place mat and the Toy Story cup too! ;-)

    Nice breakfast creativity! :-)
    1865 days ago
  • DJSHIP46
    Thanks for sharing... I love my oatmeal too!!!
    1865 days ago
  • MARYBETH4884
    Love it!
    1865 days ago
    Love your Ode! What a great way to start the day - and I hope yours is a great one!!

    1865 days ago
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