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The “Dirty Cereal Bowl” Gene

There are times in your life when someone will point out to you something that seems insignificant at the time, but later in life winds up giving you food for thought. In this case, that food is cereal.

Once upon a time, B.C. (before children), I lived with one of my very best friends in the world, Lisa. She and I have been friends for going on thirty years now and the relationship is a solid one, having survived the ultimate test: being roommates. When we shared our little two bedroom apartment all those years ago, I seriously thought she was overreacting when she pointed out to me what I now call the “Dirty Cereal Bowl” gene.

Honestly, I just did not recognize at the time that eating cereal and milk out of a bowl and then leaving that unrinsed bowl on the kitchen counter could cause anyone grief. Lisa would approach me about the corn flakes hardened onto the bowl, the stench of stale milk; lighten up, is all I could think. Then, I became a mother, and the “Snap, Crackle, Pop” of my teenage years came back to haunt me.

Now that I understand what Lisa was talking about, it has made me wonder—is there a “Dirty Cereal Bowl” gene that you pass along to your kids? My oldest definitely got that gene; it seems that Shannon and Daniel have acquired this trait, too. My step-daughter, Kayla, definitely did not receive this gene which confirms my suspicions: I am the carrier. It is a difficult spoonful for me to swallow, that my biological children are the recipients of my tainted genetics, much like my affinity for skin cancer or my bad eyesight. Of course, it COULD just be lax parenting on my part, but I would much rather believe it is hereditary. Then, at least, I could focus my efforts on this characteristic skipping a generation so my future grandchildren can emerge unscathed.

In the interim, I will continue to harp on my kids to rinse out their breakfast bowls and I’ll keep scraping the old cereal off the ones they manage to get past me and wonder, which of my parents gave me the “Dirty Cereal Bowl” gene?

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  1. NurseNancy 09/04/2010 at 3:34 am

    My husband has the gene! I knew it!

  2. Esmith6205 07/31/2010 at 5:25 pm

    Good job!

  3. Denise McManus 07/29/2010 at 8:25 pm

    I never got that gene. I have all of the others, however.

  4. Flasherpreston 07/26/2010 at 10:55 pm

    Hey, great news! They are working on a prescription medication for this.

    Unfortunately it causes “next day drowsiness, headaches, sleepiness, dizziness, temporary amnesia, drug dependence, withdrawal symptoms when the drug is stopped after being used on a regular basis, excessively outgoing or aggressive behavior, confusion, agitation, strange behavior, hallucinations, depression, suicidal thoughts, nausea, sweating, dry mouth, gas, abnormal vision, nervousness, insomnia, loss of appetite, constipation, confusion, agitation, tremors, yawning, palpitations, and increased cholesterol, increased heart rate, extreme confusion, seizures, abnormal bleeding or bruising, sudden eye pain, eye redness, changes in vision, mania or hypo-mania, hot flashes, compulsive gambling, and diabetic neuropathy.”

    But excellent that we found a solution to those damn dirty cereal bowls! 😉

  5. Susanfay 07/25/2010 at 8:08 pm

    Had to be your Dad, Doris would NEVER!

  6. Dullishus 07/24/2010 at 5:55 pm

    It's soooo true!!!!!! Corn flakes are the worst when not rinsed!!! I feel your pain. Great job!!! :=)

  7. Lframpton 07/23/2010 at 12:16 am

    I wonder which gene is more dominant, yours or mine. Either way both are inherited.