Mac and Cheese

When I was a child, my favourite meal was macaroni and cheese. It came in an orange box with elbow macaroni and a package of powdered cheese. I would eat that daily given the opportunity. A little ketchup on top, yep, I was good. Jump forward several decades and my tastes have changed somewhat. Mac & Cheese is still one of my favourite meals but I no longer use powdered cheese because I have discovered real cheese!

I remember being told as a youth that I needed to give up my childhood dreams. I needed to accept that life was not all rainbows and unicorns.  I thought that was ridiculous. There are some things that do belong in my past, in my childhood but others are still with me. Like that Mac & Cheese. I use different cheeses and different pasta but the essence is still one of comfort. Since those heady youthful days, I have discovered spices and herbs and sausage. Yes, my Mac & Cheese is significantly different than it was in those long-ago days. But it still represents, me.

I am glad I’m not the same person I was all those years ago but I’m also proud of the fact that I have retained some of that… childhood curiosity? I think that is something we should all try and keep. Life does its damnedest to mould us into appropriate adults. And that is how it should be. But we should never forget who we were and what we stood for. For that way lies madness. And there is enough madness in the world today that we do not need to contribute any more to it. Maybe that is why things are so crazy: people have forgotten what they cherished as children.

We are not born to remain in one state. We are born to grow, to evolve. Most of us do a very good job of it. But some…!  Life is delicious. It is messy and uncomfortable but it is also fulfilling and rewarding. We need to embrace the best parts of it and ameliorate the rest. Just like my Mac & Cheese.

And of course, rainbows still caress the world and unicorns are just a whimsy away.

25 thoughts on “Mac and Cheese

  1. Mark Lanesbury

    What did I bring into the future with me? Probably chocolate, but which ones I love have changed, as I have changed too Pam 🤣
    Great story dear lady, may we ever hold something from our past, but ever step forward into our future 😀

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  2. beth

    you are so right about this. just so you know, the great majority of my pk students always name the Mac ‘n cheese in the blue box as their favorite. may they all grow and thrive

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  3. Murphy’s Law

    Jeepers, I feel cheated. Never had Mac and Cheese from a box, only homemade, even to this day. Nevertheless, it is a favorite of mine. Comfort food is like soft fuzzy slippers, a hot cup of tea and a good book…and yes, chocolate!

    Certainly there are some childhood things we grow out of as we mature, but Heaven help us if we didn’t retain a healthy amount of our childhood silliness and innocence.

    May we always see a rainbow and never lose our whimsical unicorns, or lose our desire to discover what’s ahead! 🌈

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  4. joylennick

    Beautifully expressed! Although I live in the ‘now’ and ‘tomorrow,’ I often let the past in – while respectfully, moist-eyed, set the sad times aside – as there were so many delicious moments to recall. Whizzing down a steep hillside on a piece of lino (skirt tucked in knickers); sinking my eager teeth in a piece of hot blackberry and apple pie and playing `house’ … Aah!

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  5. K.L. Hale

    Pam, what beautiful words! I grew up eating Kraft Mac and Cheese. Like you, I “evolved” in how I’ve made it. I’ll always appreciate your perspective (it’s never “boxed”!!!) and the fact you’re still a dreamer! I’ll forever dream of unicorns, rainbows, and a big bowl of cheesy goodness tops it all off! 💛 thank you for sharing the simple truths that are really the things that matter!

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    1. quiall Post author

      Please don’t hate me. It is my guilty pleasure. I admit it, I like ketchup. I try to go to Ketchup Anonymous meetings but I relapse. I like ketchup on fries and mac & cheese and grilled cheese and . . .

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