One of my favorite days of the year is just around the corner. No it’s not my birthday. No it’s not the 4th of July. It’s of course National Cereal Day on March 7th. However this year I will be en-route to Mexico, but before I head to the airport I will sit down with a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios and enjoy a delicious cup of Stonehouse Java Black Pearl coffee.

When I eat cereal it reminds me of my youth when I would grab a big, silver mixing bowl and pour about a half a box of cereal and half a gallon of milk. The sound of the metal spoon scraping against the side of the mixing bowl was perfect harmony to my ears. To this day, if I had my druther, I’d still be eating cereal out of a metallic mixing bowl, but alas I’ve progressed to a fancier ceramic bowl.

Being from Minnesota, I grew up with great cereals from General Mills, such as Lucky Charms, Boo Berry, Cheerios and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but I’m also fond of the Michigan cereals from Kellogg’s. Though I know it’s not reality, I’d love to believe that the true story of the Little Brown Jug football game played between the University of Minnesota and University of Michigan football teams, was really a battle for the milk that goes with the best cereal.

My family also was really into puzzle making. We would buy puzzles from all over the United States, get the family together and have puzzle nights. We had a special cardboard table where the assembly would begin. I’d separate the border pieces, Mom would look for one color, Dad another. My older brothers and sister would roll their eyes, not believing we were all sitting around putting a puzzle together. Once the puzzle was completed we get some Elmer’s glue and some newspapers and create a papier-mâché that would be applied to the back of the puzzle so that the puzzle wouldn’t fall apart. There were plenty of mounted puzzles that adorned the walls of our house, almost like artwork, that we would proudly display and show our guests.

For me I couldn’t resist waking up in the morning, grabbing another big bowl of cereal and trying to finish up a few more pieces before I headed off to school. Personally, I believe the art of puzzle making has slowly been lost on today’s generation where electronics sometimes replace books and yes, puzzles. But thanks to my friends at General Mills, I will start celebrating a little bit earlier than National Cereal Day by putting together a 300 piece puzzle of cereal.

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Hopefully I’ll be able to find a cardboard table, grab my two lads and start a new family tradition that was an old family tradition. I’ll be sure to grab a box of cereal, pour it into my metal mixing bowl along with an ample amount of milk and fondly recall some great childhood memories.