Saturday, April 19, 2008
You know how songs can bring back vivid memories of times past? Apparently (for me) pancakes can do the same thing. Last night Allen and I took All-a-Boy out to dinner in honor of his birthday tomorrow. We let him choose the restaurant, and since his old standby Chuck-a-Rama was packed to the gills, he decided to try something new: IHOP. I have not eaten at IHOP since before I was married and have fond memories of the place, so I had a mixture of excitement and anticipation as we drove there (a bit dramatic, I know...). I hoped it would be all that I remembered - and I was not disappointed.
The menu has about tripled in size from what I remembered, making it difficult to order. I finally decided to get what I always got, without fail, back in the day: Chocolate Chip Pancakes. As the server brought them to the table, just the sight of them reminded me of so many times I ordered them in the past...
-The day my friends in drama class took me there on a Monday morning when I read the cast list for "Fiddler on the Roof" and realized that, once again, Pam Maclean had been cast in the part I wanted. Chocolate Chip Pancakes, bring me comfort.
-The late-night trips to IHOP after church dances when, once again, that guy didn't ask me to dance. Or that other guy said no when I asked him to dance. Chocolate Chip Pancakes, melt my awkwardness away.
-The time my parents decided, on a whim, to take us all out to breakfast on a Saturday morning, followed by a trip to the mall. Chocolate Chip Pancakes, remind me of good times as a family.
These are just a few experiences. Chocolate Chip Pancakes were like an old friend and I loved becoming reacquainted yesterday as I shared chocolaty bites with All-a-Boy, almost 9 years old now, and exchanging knowing glances with Allen as our boy spoke beyond his years of everything under the sun. Another great memory. I need to come to IHOP more often.