When I was a little girl, my mom never bought sugary cereal. She did this for at least three reasons: 1) Why would you want to start your day with a sugar crash? 2) It's expensive 3) It's never special if you have it every day.
The wisdom in that third reason revealed itself every time we went to visit my Gramazetta in Nebraska. Between visits, she stocked up on our favorite cereals (mine: Golden Grahams), and it was so exciting to see all the delectable choices lined up on top of her fridge when we arrived. One of my favorite discoveries was how yummy the milk tasted after Golden Grahams had sat in it for a few minutes.
(As an aside, I always joke that the only thing I did to rebel when I left home for the first time was to buy a box of Trix for breakfast. It was a big disappointment. All those years I'd been craving the stuff only to realize I actually hate fruity cereals.)
Anyway, I've tried to follow in my mom's footsteps, although I can tell I'm not as dedicated or strict as she was. For one thing, we eat cold cereal for breakfast almost every morning, so I know I'm not saving the kind of money she did. However, I do limit our choices to Cheerios, Raisin Bran, Chex, Grape Nuts, and some of the other more healthy choices.
So when we come to a day like today, a minor holiday where we want to do something to celebrate but don't have the time to go all out, I can pull out the Lucky Charms, and voila!, I'm an awesome mom (at least to my kids).
(The picture isn't lying . . . it really was pitch dark outside when we were eating breakfast. That's how we roll, even when we don't have the excitement of Lucky Charms to wake us up.)