Things are shaking up at Chez Zielske in 2016. As you may remember, Dan is now a full-time student teacher and I am bringing home the bacon. Literally (I freaking love bacon) and figuratively (they got me workin’, workin’ day and night).
In the name of trying out new things, we did something that we haven’t done a whole lot of in the past 26 years as a couple: we went grocery shopping together.
The thing is, we used to do that back in the olden days. When we first started shacking up back in 1990, oh how we loved those trips to Cub Foods on Rice Street. It was yet another example of how in love we were: we purchased produce and pasta together.
As we were shopping last week (strangely enough, at yet another Cub Foods) I was asking him if he could remember the types of things we filled our cart with 26 years ago. I mean, I know there was a lot of angel hair pasta and Classico pasta sauce, but beyond that, I can’t really remember. I did not cook then. He did, but much of it was box based and let’s just say I might have been a little pickier about my food.
Still, I know this might sound silly but I kind of wish I had a photo and a corresponding layout about “What We Eat in 1990” to look at today.
Why? Because beyond that pasta and sauce, neither of us can recall how we nutritionally sustained ourselves in those tender, early years.
I know there was a lot of coffee and cigarettes. THAT I remember plain as day. But the food stuff? Not so much.
When I think of doing a page about a typical week of what my family eats on any given week, right now it seems a little silly. A little bit of a throwaway, if you will.
But is it? In 26 years, if I’m lucky enough to still be here, will Dan and I struggle to remember what we ate in 2016 with one kid at college and one in the middle of high school, while both he and I were in the midst of bold new world changes? Will we crave those memories of the ordinary? The mundane? The stuff that really does make up our daily lives?
Might have to add that to the To Do list today.