I love Honey Nut Cheerios!
There. I said it. For years, I wouldn’t eat them. Wouldn’t even give them a second glance on a hotel breakfast bar much less the grocery store shelf. Why you ask? I can only think of one reason. I was a long time, self-professed, hater of nuts in food.
Nuts in their shells? Even better.
Nuts in a jar? I’m hungry, pass the nuts.
Nuts in a cookie? Yuck!
Pad Thai with crumbled peanuts? Pass!
Crunchy peanut butter on my jelly sandwich? No way my friend!
It started when I was young. The first culprits were brownies and cookies – sweet treats people sprinkle with nuts thinking they’re making something good even better. All I tasted was sweet goodness with little shards of inedible bits stuck in my teeth when I was done. When presented with a chocolate covered peanut – you guessed it – I sucked off the chocolate and kicked the peanut to the curb.
And ever since those first un-tasty experiences I have avoided nuts when mixed with foods. But now I discover I love Honey Nut Cheerios, and Pad Thai, and cashews simmered in balsamic vinegar.
So how is it that a person who so vehemently opposed nuts mixed with food now finds herself stocking the pantry with cashews and almonds and walnuts – all for mixing with food? Perhaps it is the same way we grow up and into other new loves.
One day you might wake up and realize there are nuts in your food and you like them. Just like you might wake up and realize, every thing you ever knew about love has changed. And you like it.
You might even find you’ve gone from a self-professed ‘Me, Myself and I’ kind of gal to happily embracing your ‘we’ and loving it. You might look in the mirror and fail to recognize your reflection while falling deeper in love with your image. You might even decide that love now mixes well in other aspects of your life, just like nuts mix well in food.
I’ve learned that with age, our tastes mature. I still haven’t tried Crunchy Peanut Butter – but I might not push the plate away if you made me a sandwich with the awful stuff. Who knows, maybe I’ll even love it too.