A flashback courtesy of me beta testing something five years ago
As I write this, it is National Pancake Day. (February 28,
2006) We (Denise, Michelle, and I) went to IHOP to celebrate
with their free short stack of pancakes.
I am not really writing about that though. I am writing
about pancakes. You see, I love pancakes. I really do. I am
not sure I LOVE to eat them, but as they are a bread with
butter and something sweet, I really don’t usually turn them
I am NOT a syrup fan. In fact, syrup has never been on my
list of favorite flavors; not even the butter pecan kind at
IHOP, the syrup I like best.
My mother, despite being a fabulous cook, did NOT make good
pancakes. They were often burned or flipped too early or
under done on the inside. Not an auspicious beginning for
There was a pancake house in an old mill house looking thing
in Annapolis on the way to the bay bridge that I really
liked, with silver dollar pancakes and multitudes of
flavored syrups. I think we only went a few times though. My
family wasn’t big on eating out when we were very young.
Full of kitschy stuff that engages a child, like the cow
shaped milk pitchers, it was a place to build fond pancake
memories. If it had stayed longer or we had eaten out more,
then that probably would have been the case.
My pancake love came from a book. This children’s book,
title forgotten and I try to find it every so often in
vintage children book lands, but can’t find the right one. I
find others about kids and pancakes but not this one. This
book told the story of a child, maybe two siblings who built
a pancake machine that went out of control. It talked about
eating millions and millions of pancakes. The whole book
created this incredible orgy of a food consumption utopia. I
read it over and over again in the days when reading truly
didn’t seem like something for me. Maybe pancake magic
brought book and reading magic into my life…maybe
not…but I know that I think of the book when I eat
pancakes, share the magic of them with my children and when
I choose breakfast.