First it was Campbell’s tomato soup. Now it’s Twinkies and Wonder Bread! What is happening to the staples of my childhood?
Actually I preferred Devil Dogs, but I ate a number of Twinkies as well since both were available at the little neighborhood store which we kids could patronize on our own, even at age 6!
I had managed to avoid Twinkies for a number of years, but last summer, spending time with my New Boston grandchildren, I got sucked back into Twinkies. It isn’t that they were eating them, but whenever they saw a yellow vehicle, they would shout, Twinkie, and of course the first person to shout it, won. I kept this up after I came home, calling out “Twinkie,” even when I was all by myself. It’s amazing how many yellow vehicles there are nowadays!
Now you would have to know that I am very impressionable. When I was in sixth grade, I was seated near a girl named Barbara who blinked constantly. Soon I was blinking too. My mother wrote a note to the teacher asking that I have my seat changed.
Well, after hearing and saying Twinkie one whole summer, I began craving one. I checked around locally, and there was no place where you could buy just one. Finally, at a supermarket, I found a box of ten, which, of course, I had to buy. I ate only one because I found it way too sweet, but the interesting thing was that my cat, Bonnie, jumped up on the arm of my chair, tore off a corner of the Twinkie and ran away to eat it. Makes you wonder what was really in it!
And then there’s Wonder Bread. For years I’ve dutifully eaten whole wheat, whole grain bread, even though Wonder Bread was reputed to “build strong bodies 8 ways.” But I don’t think anything was ever better than bologna with yellow mustard on Wonder Bread. And then there was my favorite sandwich which made most people cringe: cold baked beans with ketchup on Wonder Bread.
What’s next to be discontinued? I’m not sure I want to know. But if you ever hear that it’s Cheez-Its, you’ll know I am in big trouble!
© Dorothy C. Judd
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