In a way, looking back, it seemed a long, long time since she had been eighteen, but in another way her memories were so clear and vivid that it seemed like yesterday. ~Helen Hooven Santmyer
I’m not sure what made me think of this story, but here it is. I was probably rehashing recent events involving Kyle, and it came to me.
Regardless, a few years ago, I recalled Kyle’s first Fiber One experience. Fiber One Discovery Yes, that single moment in history, which changed Kyle’s life forever, and started his short term obsession with the quasi healthy snack bar. True Story! Kyle LOVED those General Mills Fiber One bars, not to be confused with the Kellogg’s Fiber Plus bars. Branding the Next Generation He tried both, only because I wasn’t paying attention when making my selection. After sampling each and making very valid comparisons, Kyle proudly announced that he preferred the first rather than the later. He spoke of those Fiber One bars fondly and often, with an almost reverence. From that accidental chance in history, Kyle had a favorite snack. It only increased in popularity, when he found out that the product line expanded to include Pop Tarts. Love at first bite. This was such a hot topic, it became a big joke among family and friends, Kyle and his fiber passion. How could it not?
In recent times, Kyle hasn’t really requested those trusty fiber snacks. Perhaps, they did a number on him, and the number I’m referring to is TWO (pun totally intended). Maybe it’s because I haven’t purchased the Fiber One bars for him, or he wasn’t exposed to the brand every time we ran through the grocery store (my money is on Kyle paying too much attention to his video games and not his surroundings) and it’s now become a thing of the past. No clue. Unbeknownst to me, we would come full circle with his fiber talk.
About two weekends ago, we found ourselves back in WalMart grabbing a few grocery items. Yes, back to where it all began, about six years later! Again, normally, I don’t shop at that constantly crowded, patience required store, especially in the middle of the day, at the height of craziness, but there I was, with Kyle at my side. While rushing past the isles, we were halted by a sight in the near distance, no more than four feet from us. Equipped with bright lights, and a familiarity to stop the heart and cause an uncontrollable smile to surface, was a vision of the past. Almost dreamlike, the way it flooded me with memories, stood the Fiber One sample cart!
Immediately, the sign caught my eyes, and my mind recalled conversations upon conversations of my little man talking about fiber and the Fiber One bars, way before becoming a teenager. I know what made me put on the breaks, but I thought Kyle was simply following my lead, for he too stopped. Instinctively, I turned toward Kyle, ready to make a comment and see if he remembered his Fiber One infatuation, when he did the same, giving me this expression to steal my words. His look said, “The Fiber One display!” He didn’t need to say a word, for we had a universal understanding between us. After the initial shock, we did a double take toward the display, watching the worker for only seconds that seemed like an hour, while she prepared her samples for a busy Saturday. Our eyes paused momentarily, lost in the past, before we looked back at each other and busted out laughing. Kyle did remember his love of Fiber One!
I was cracking up! I don’t know why Kyle’s realization of his past love meant something to me, probably because it was a memory that began with the two of us. Then, Kyle flashed me that ornery grin, pointed, and said, “Hey Aunt Heather!” Too funny! All I could muster was, “Yes buddy, I see.” He never did ask me for a sample, or if we could buy a box. I don’t know if he wasn’t hungry, because usually that’s when all the snack foods seem to jump into the cart, even the little red plastic basket hanging from my arm, or I was moving so fast, Kyle thought we’d wreck if he’d speak up. Looking back on it now, I should have grabbed a box for old time sake. That would have made his day, but as usual I was in a hurry.
It may seem silly, but it was one of those precious, although a little odd, moments that can never be planned. A funny memory that brought with it many, many humorous stories and conversations about all things fiber. Kyle is the coolest ever!