Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Oh Cap'n! My Cap'n!

Dear Wife,

First, I would like to sincerely thank you for all of your hard work—your clothes laundering, dish washing, (really spicy) chili cooking, chocolate chip oatmeal cookie baking, dog-hair vacuuming, and grocery shopping. Your dedication to the smooth functioning of our household is very much appreciated and has not gone unnoticed.

There is something, however, I need to tell you. I am sorry to have to confront you in this venue, but I thought the blow might be softened if we were in the company of many anonymous and non-anonymous blog-reading friends.

There is one crucial fact of life that it is time for you to learn. I had hoped when we got married that your parents would have taught you, but I am prepared to take the helm of your educational development for this teaching moment. Sweet, dear, loving, warm, beautiful wife, there is something you need to know:

Peanut Butter Crunch is NOT the same as Cap’n Crunch.

Sure, they both have the Cap’n on the cereal box, but these two cereals are as fundamentally different as Rice Chex and Wheat Chex—two completely different animals. Cap’n Crunch consists of textured rectangular yellow bits of crisp sweetened corn goodness, while Peanut Butter Crunch bits are smooth, puffed spheres of peanut butter. I poured the cereal in the dark kitchen, and thus didn’t carefully inspect the packaging. Surely, you can imagine my surprise upon inserting that first spoonful into my mouth.

Listen, I don’t blame you for purchasing the wrong Crunch. If anything, I blame myself for assuming you knew the difference. I can certainly understand how such an error in judgment could befall a newbie Crunchaholic when confronted with the panoply of Crunches in the cereal aisle: Cap’n Crunch, Crunch Berries, Peanut Butter Crunch, Choco Crunch, Chocolatey Peanut Butter Crunch, and Christmas Crunch (not to mention the generic imitations). Your childhood was obviously a disadvantaged one, and I love you all the more for it. For my part, I commit to you that I will no longer take it for granted that you are as well-versed in the ins and outs of sugar cerealdom as I am when we write a shopping list.

Love forever,
Your husband

P.S. Please don’t return the Peanut Butter Crunch to the store. I’ll suffer through it.

* For an expansion upon this post's title, please click here.


Russ Parker said...

You tell her like Irving would, Copperfield! What a heartwarming public schooling moment.

Mark said...

I'm sorry, VJ.

watchwhathappens said...

the only one that is made of delicious is crunch berries

Andy said...

My parents, Sharon and Dave.
Or were they?
All I ever wanted was a Ballerina Barbie. In her pretty pink tutu.
My Birthday. I was 10, and do you know what they got me?

Ma...Li...Bu Barbie.

That's not what I wanted! That's not who I was.
I was a Ballerina.

They had to go.

Russ Parker said...


J said...

I don't know VJ...I much prefer the peanut butter Cap'n Crunch to the original

sstc said...

i prefer the peanut butter crunch too. Can you save it for when we visit?