Sometimes it’s the little things you appreciate most. Those you take for granted. Like my Nesquick bowl. The story goes something like this …
Once upon a time before my son was born (so that makes it at least 14 years ago) I was out shopping for groceries in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In those days I actually ate cereal, and while Coco pops where my fave, I would happily settle for anything chocolatey. Lo and behold there was a deal that I couldn’t pass up. Two packs of Nesquick cereal shrink wrapped with a bowl. I needed a bowl so I put one pack in my trolley. On my way to the check-out counter I little voice inside my head was telling me “would’t it be great to have a matching set?” So … I bought 8 packs of cereal and walked away from the store with 4 bright yellow Nesquick bowls.
I got home and my girlfriend couldn’t stop laughing and commenting on how terribly bright and gaudy they were. But that’s ok. I kept calm, ate my cereal, and carried on. The cereal itself didn’t last long, and over the course of the years that followed one bowl would meet its untimely demise against the hard concrete floor. And then there were 3. Throughout all those years 3 said bowls were used daily. Multiple times. First thing in the morning to eat up my granola. As a mixing bowl. To store peanuts while watching TV. They are the perfect size, the perfect shape, the perfect color. Perfect to me, in every way. And even after years of use you can still make out the logo and little bunny. #Quality. I am not a huge fan of material possessions but these Nesquick bowls will be the family heirlooms for generations to come.
And they make for a good story! Especially when aforementioned girlfriend decides to use said bowls for eating her morning cereal (not Nesquick alas). But at least now the wife agrees they were a good purchase. Perhaps the same story line might apply when buying a games console to survive the #lockdown? Might have to try …
March 22, 2020 at 5:04 pm
Such a warming slice! So true!!! Its It’s the little things that matter most. Honestly, they don’t make anything like they did before. Glad you have these mementos to and hope that this story lives on forever.
I actually just started to use a gaming system that I let collect dust over the years. It has definitely made “lockdown” flow a little easier.
March 22, 2020 at 7:15 pm
Your last line cracked me up. I’m not sure the console will have the same staying power and long-lasting value.
March 22, 2020 at 7:16 pm
Seriously I just need it to get me through the next couple weeks 🙂
March 22, 2020 at 7:48 pm
These bowls are awesome! Truly! They are doing their part to brighten up each day. I’m impressed that you had the foresight to buy a set. Well done!
March 22, 2020 at 8:46 pm
Such a fun slice! I’ve been crafting one about a pan in my house. The idea came to me after reading a fellow slicers post “More Than a Plate”. Now, after reading yours, it’s brought my idea back to the forefront. Not sure mine will have your brilliant humor, but that’s OK! Thanks for the morning laugh!
March 22, 2020 at 9:08 pm
Thanks for reading and glad you enjoyed it. Look forward to reading yours!
March 23, 2020 at 7:28 am
I love the story of your bowl AND the way in which you wrote it. How funny that an object can hold such a story. Good luck with the game console!!