Yesterday my daughter Katherine and I went out to breakfast. After discovering our favorite Sports Cafe, Goose Loonies, no longer served breakfast on Sunday mornings, we decided to go a completely different route.
We chose a local Hometown Buffet, a restaurant whose claim to fame is everyone can get exactly what his or her tastebuds desire. Because of vast selection and wide array of tasty delicacies assembled on sumptious buffet, any dining experience is possible.
Occasionally I get cravings for institutional style scrambled eggs.
Satisfying that need was my sole focus as I surveyed vast assemblage of food choices before me.
The surprising comfort of my scrambled eggs always brings a smile and contented smile to my spirit.
What is it about eggs that quickly brings me to this different state?
Possibly it is connection between eating institutional eggs and one of more remarkable of my life: my college years. A period of coming into my own. The first time I was not identified as "Sue's Sister" or "Nancy's Daughter" or "The Nicest Jordan Child." I could simply be me. And I ate runny scrambled eggs a couple times a week as I set forth on new adventure each day held.
Perhaps that is one of reasons I adore scrambled eggs. I had various emotional associations that I connect to this dining experience. Especially with eggs that are cooked in high quantities rather than in my own skillet.
I have been reading a book entitled, "Keep Your Brain Alive" by Lawrence C. Katz and Manning Rubin. A fascinating read, it features Neurobic exercises which will increase mental fitness.
Among simplest and most effective means of stretching our brain's effectiveness is to connect multisensory associations and to regularly switch our standard routines.
After eating my scrambled eggs, I opted for a crunchy green salad. Having "mismatched foods" or lunch for breakfast is one way to surprise and delight brain. Also, quiet to eat scrambled eggs immediately followed by loudly crunching veggies create a multisensory playground for my neurons to laugh and rollick. Katherine was so intrigued by my selection, she followed suit. A brief aside, I wonder what has happened this year? My fourth grader has accomplished high honor of being on Principal's list two consecutive grading periods and has been selected for Mt. Vernon Elementary's Academic Pentathlon team. Interesting to ponder.