Hi. My name is Mama O.
Hi, Mama O.
I'm a roll-a-holic.
No, it's really not. You see, I used to work right across the street from this magical place called Golden Chick. And Golden Chick was the place where you went when your students were mean to you. Or when you had a bad day. Or when you had a good day. Or when it was Fuzzy Friday. Or really, any day.
What did they have there?
Golden Chick had yummy, fried tenders. They had creamy, peppered white gravy. And they had yeast rolls. Yeast rolls that were better than any white-flour carb you ever put in your mouth. And they were brushed in butter. No, not butter, but some kind of even better fake oil/butter hybrid that got all over your fingers and never went away no matter how often you washed your hands. They were like crack. I would stop by on the way home from work and get a large diet coke and two rolls. Sad. Sad. Sad. All I can say is that on the eighth day, God created Golden Chick. And it was good.
So, what happened?
I wish I could say that I just gave it up because it was not good for me. But I didn't. First, I quit working across the street. This was sad, but I still had friends there, so I would drop by for a tender snack from time to time (2 tenders, sub the fries for an extra roll, and a large diet coke). Then, they switched to Pepsi. This was the first sign of Satan in the garden.
So, you stopped going?
I did. Our family was on the project. I wasn't working. There was just no reason to go.
Then, why are you here?
This afternoon, I was so tired. I've started running again, and I go at 5:15 in the morning, which makes you tired. And when I'm really tired, I want yeast rolls. No, I didn't actually run today, but who's counting? I was headed to the girls' tennis meet in Wimberley, a town nearby, the turnoff for which is dangerously close to Golden Chick. I tried to resist, but I needed a notebook.
They have notebooks at Golden Chick?
No, they have notebooks at the Dollar General, which shares a parking lot with Golden Chick. So, you see, it wasn't my fault.
It wasn't your fault that you drove through the parking lot to Golden Chick, ordered a roll and a large iced tea, paid for the roll, what? Two rolls? Took them from the cashier and pulled out of the parking lot with your yeasty, greasy booty?
Huh, when you say it that way, it sounds much worse. But here's the good news. They weren't very good. Yes, they were still hot and really greasy, but somehow they didn't live up to the memory of them. I had built them up so high because they really did make me feel better when things were tough (emotional eating could take up three more years of therapy, but I'll leave that for another time). This time, they tasted fake and overly salty. Could the quality have dipped? Sure. Could I have attributed powers to those rolls that they didn't actually have? Maybe. But I realized that maybe this project is slowly retraining my tastebuds not to need fast food. And maybe it's okay for a yeast roll not to have to be my savior anymore.
So, did you eat them all anyway?