Chocolate Wednesdays

Wednesday was the hardest day to get our four kids up and moving towards getting out the door.  I thought about being one of those Moms who let them take the consequences at school if they slept in but I could never do it.  So I kept door pounding and reminding, “It is getting LATE!”

Meanwhile, back in the day, Wednesday was the one morning my husband had a late work start so he was on “putting out the cereal” duty.  Only one day we ran out of cereal.  Usually it was milk or toilet paper.  Coming from a family of nine kids, he is quite handy in the kitchen so he started stirring up pancakes.  I often burned pancakes and he knew it so I was grateful for the gesture.

Next to the baking powder was a nearly empty bag of chocolate chips but he grabbed them anyway and spontaneously sprinkled a few on each pancake.  As the fragrance of melting chocolate wafted through the house, the kids appeared in the kitchen, no more cajoling needed.  Dad proved himself a hero once again.

The next Wednesday AM, one of them woke up early asking when the pancakes would be ready.  I am usually the one to call traditions in our family (and there are a LOT) but without any discussion, Tom just started whipping up the chocolate chip pancakes again and again…every Wednesday for about fifteen years!

Wednesday became the good day to get up, no more “last warnings.” The pancakes were best when they came right off the griddle and the line quickly formed.  Sometimes he would do flourishes like make pancakes out of their initials or design crazy shapes.  Every so often he would add M & M’s instead of the chips, always a big hit.

Then they all were gone.  Wednesday reverted back to a normal breakfast morning. I think I donated the last griddle to Salvation Army.  I had other ways of getting chocolate fixes and we preferred cereal anyway.  A couple of days before our daughter got married, Tom once again made her a special batch of his homemade chocolate chip pancakes, part of the roots before the wings.

Last weekend our two oldest grandchildren slept over.  We were out of cereal…the kind they would like.  But we did have chocolate chips and so it began all over again.  A large skillet worked just fine and I expect to repeat the performance for many years ahead.

Amazing how a handful of one of the world’s oldest foods can shape a season of family life.

How about you?  Do you have food rhythms that define your family?


8 Responses to “Chocolate Wednesdays”

  1. 1 Debbie McKenzie March 6, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    It’s birthday season in our house right now, and one of our food habits is to let the birthday person choose whatever they’d like for breakfast – and I truly mean “whatever.” It’s often donuts, but we’ve also had ice cream. For me it’s pumpkin cream cheese pie from a special bakery in Wisconsin.

  2. 3 Debra Davis March 6, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    In our family the birthday person chose all three meals. This sometimes meant very busy days for mom– especially when the menu might include sausage biscuits and gravy (homemade, of course) for breakfast, spaghetti and meatballs for lunch, and a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings for dinner. In a large family it was important for each child to have one day to call the shots! They spent days anticipating this and drawing up elaborate menus.
    Now that the children are mostly grown and out, the expectations are scaled back, but they have great memories of their childhood birthdays! and I feel no guilt whatsoever choosing exactly what I want for mine.

  3. 5 kat March 6, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    We do friday night fun night – usually pizza. Our children are young and they love pizza. Then we have ice cream. We have a special activity games, scavenger hunts, make our own movie, music jam, bon fire and smores in the summer. It makes Daddy coming home for the weekend a real time of rejoicing.

  4. 6 Letitia Suk March 6, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Great idea! My children are old and they still love pizza, me too 🙂

  5. 7 bronx51 March 13, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    When the girls were little, we used to do “Silly Supper Sundays” which consisted of popcorn, cheese cubes, cut-up vegetables and fruit. The children thought I was so clever; I knew I was lazy and didn’t want to cook on Sunday nights. I remember those Sundays with fondness.

  6. 8 Letitia Suk March 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Sundays are a great night for a fun meal like this!

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