I was trying to find the peanut butter; it seems to be in a hidden place in the grocery store I shop at, and it is like a scavenger hunt every time I try to locate it. But as I turned down the aisle with the big sign marked “peanut butter”, there on the end of the aisle I found a long forgotten treasure from my childhood. It was a display full of animal crackers! And not just any animal crackers but the only ones that really count. You know, the Nabisco ones, called Barnum’s Animals, with pictures of circus animals on the box. And they don’t come in just some mundane box like other animal crackers – they are in the familiar small rectangular box, with the white shoelace-like handle so kids can easily carry them anywhere they want. Now I was a bit disappointed, as the box I remembered so fondly had polar bears on the front – “limited edition” is what the box said. Fine, as long as the crackers inside haven’t changed. And I was not disappointed, they were as delicious as I remembered. When I was little, and I first opened the box, it was like a game to see which animal I would pull from the box – would it be a lion or tiger or bear? Oh my! Today with my cup of tea, on a rainy day, I have eaten a monkey, a tiger, and a lion – yummy! As I was enjoying my treat, I had that Shirley Temple song stuck in my head, “Animal Crackers in My Soup” – and I thought, how silly! Animal crackers aren’t for putting in soup, they are meant to be eaten all by themselves!
January 14, 2012