Eating Like A Kid Again

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 11 - Eating Like A Child - Doodlewash

When I thought of today’s prompt of “silly,” it took me back to those fun days when my breakfast came in a colorful box featuring a zany and silly character. I loved all of the various cereals back then, but had a penchant for Froot Loops. The colors just made me smile and I used to try to get all of the same color on the spoon to see if it tasted like a particular fruit. I convinced myself the yellow ones had a unique flavor, but truly, each little loop tasted just as fruity as the last. It wasn’t, of course, silly for a kid to eat this cereal, but when I tried to grab some as an adult, Philippe stopped me with that look that kills dreams. I wasn’t even going for a full family size box, as that would be crazy, but tried to get those tiny boxes that come in a multi-pack. I thought it would be like reliving my youth, one cute little box at a time, but was quickly informed that my youth came with a better ability to metabolize sugar and I needed to put it back pronto. I did, reluctantly, but sulked the remainder of the grocery trip, secretly vindicated that I got to be a like a kid again after all.

Our normal breakfast consists of a bowl of oatmeal, golden raisins and blueberries. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a perfectly delicious and healthy start to the day, but just isn’t the same as back then. Not only doesn’t it come in a box with a character on it, it’s mundaneness and normalcy doesn’t immediately suggest a fun name or a character sidekick to accompany it. It’s just oatmeal and fruit. I tried to reimagine it in my head, calling it Raisin Berry Oats, but even that sounded too adult and boring. No brightly colored toucan, tiger, elf, or frog would ever agree to be the celebrity spokesman for that. But I fail to see why only food for kids should come with such adorable marketing. For example, I don’t adore rice cakes, although they’re a healthy snacking option, but if they were marketing as Ronny The Rhino’s Rice Cakes, I would happily reconsider them. I don’t just miss the ability to metabolize sugar, I miss the fun of food that doesn’t take itself so seriously.

So, if you’re wondering, this doodlewash is, of course, from a reference as I never succeeded in getting my Froot Loops. But I’m equally glad that someone loves enough to protect me from even myself. I shouldn’t have all that sugar, but I still miss the memories of those Saturday morning breakfasts, separating loops onto a spoon and watching cartoons. I figured that since Philippe denied me my chance to relive this childhood food, the least he could have done is dress up as a toucan while making dinner. This suggestion, not surprisingly, was met with yet another dream-killing stare. Oh well, there’s more than enough Legos on display in our house to make up for it, I guess. It’s not that I don’t want to grow old, it’s simply that I never want to grow up. This, to me, has always seemed like trading in a wild sense of glee, fun and discovery for a life that’s somehow moved on from all of that. Why should we? When I hop in to try something new, which is as often as I can, it makes me feel alive no matter what it is. Even the smallest of daily discoveries can make me feel as though I’m finally eating like a kid again.

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31 Comments
  1. Mary Roff 5 months ago

    Wonderful bowl of Fruit Loops!! We may grow old but what fun would growing up be?

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks and yes to that, Mary!! 😃💕Growing up doesn’t sound fun at all!

  2. Sandra Strait 5 months ago

    Your froot loops painting is so bright and cheery! I can’t help you convince Philippe that you should have any, but in aid of him dressing as a toucan while cooking, you might tell him these facts – The toucan’s bill has athermo-regulation system, serving as ‘air-conditioning’, the long reach aids in gathering food, with minimum energy expenditure, and it can reach into areas unavailable to other people AND it can be used to intimidate and establish hierarchy within a group. I mean, who wouldn’t want those advantages while cooking?

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      hahahaha!! I will totally tell him that… this might actually work!! Those are amazing traits to have indeed!! Love it!! 😃💕

  3. Jacob 5 months ago

    All those colours, that’s a happy start to the day for sure! I don’t think we get Froot Loops here – I’ve certainly never tried them if we do. The kid in me has always thought they looked great. I guess that makes them your Citrus Polos 😉 though, at least we can still hope that you get to revisit. You just need to wait until Philippe’s back is turned!

    And a range of Ronny the Rhino foods HAS to happen.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Haha! Yay to Ronny the Rhino!! Second only to Zonkey Treats, of course. 😃💕 And really? You’ve never had Froot Loops?? That’s going on your list!!

  4. averagelife24 5 months ago

    This painting is amazing! You’re very talented!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Aww that’s so sweet of you to say! Thank you so much!! 😃💕

  5. Sharon Nolfi 5 months ago

    Lovely sketch of the Fruit Loops within the glass bowl. My personal favorite growing up was Sugar Frosted Flakes! I loved Tony the Tiger.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 My dad was a huge fan of Frosted Flakes.. hehe.. I liked them too! Go Tony!

  6. Linda Murray 5 months ago

    Oh Charlie! You always manage to take me back to the “good old days”. You sure have a knack of bringing those memories to life. I really don’t remember a favorite cereal, but I do know we always tried to pick the box with a free toy. Silly, because there was 4 of us and it usually ended with some arguing. Anyway, love your painting! Thank you for all the wonderful posts!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Yes to the free toy! hehe… that was actually my first thought in choosing a breakfast cereal. It was like shopping for free things walking down that aisle! And thank you, Linda! 😃💕 So thrilled you enjoy my posts!!

  7. smzang 5 months ago

    I clicked ‘like’ but I love it!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      hehe… thanks so much, Sarah!! 😃💕

      • smzang 5 months ago

        My first Doodlewash arrived. I am so totally happy with it. It adds light to the room…hoping to get it framed next week.
        Many, many thanks.

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          Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

          Oh my goodness!! Yay! That’s awesome!! I’m so thrilled you liked it!! Thank you again for your support!! I truly appreciate it! 😃💕💕

  8. Snehlata Maheshwari 5 months ago

    I liked the pretty colour s . N your amazing 🌼 bowl with fruits.carlie love it.

  9. Miss Gentileschi 5 months ago

    Such a beautiful rainbow of colors! Like you I totally loves my Front Loops back in the day but have grown older (and wiser??) and am now on that healthy breakfast truck glorified with oats and fresh fruits, which of course is also yummy but just not as much fun as those clever marketed cereals. 😉 Every now and again I give in though, and grab a pack – no matter how many dream-killing stares I get! 😀

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      haha!! I LOVE hearing that! One day I shall also rise above those dream-killing stares and get my bowl! lol Thanks so much! 😃💕We should never grow up so much that it feels like we’ve left something behind.

      • Miss Gentileschi 5 months ago

        It takes some determination but is totally worth the effort! 😉 💕

  10. Oh well! Silly or not silly, but you definitely captured the “character” of Froot Loops 🙂 Well done!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Violeta! 😃💕 So happy you liked it! If I could only get some! Love them! hehe

  11. Ellie 5 months ago

    Philippe dressed as a toucan! Definitely. He owes that to you. Actually, I think it would be fun to see what animal mascots you could paint for all of those grown-up foods you have to eat now. Starting with Ronny the Rhino. We all need more glee and fun!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      He does, right? I like the way you think, Ellie! Thank you!! 😃💕 hehe… that’s actually a really fun idea! Maybe one day I will paint those mascots!

  12. Lisa 5 months ago

    I loved the look of those when I was a kid, but they didn’t taste as good as they looked. I am a Sugar Smacks, or Honey Combs kinda gal!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Ohhhhhhh! You had me at Sugar Smacks, Lisa, that was my other fave!! YUM!! 😃💕 Ugh… now I’m just totally craving Sugar Smacks.

  13. Delores Azary 5 months ago

    When I read your comment about Philippe dressing as a Toucan I almost burst out laughing at work! I love your sense of humor!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      hehe.. thanks, Delores! 😃💕 I’m still working on getting that to happen… I think it would be awesome!

  14. Blended Hope 4 months ago

    That painting makes me want to eat those fruit loops!

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