Friday, November 4, 2011

The Cracker Story




"Ah, Julie, I need crackas sem salt!" My mother exclaimed.

In other words, my mother's half translated plea was that she needed unsalted white saltine crackers, you know the ones that come in the green box? She is diabetic, and she isn't suppossed to eat the normal saltine crackers. Having just moved to San Jose, I wasn't very familiar of the area, but I was pretty sure there was a Walmart or a Target where we could find these "very important" crackers my mother was craving. My mother was visiting and she had unfortunately forgotten her own personal stash bag of crackers in her kitchen. Her evening tea, was not the same without her "crackas", so she really wanted to get herself a box that night.

I, on the otherhand was 9 months pregnant, 3 days from my due date. I was feeling a little tired that evening, but there were a few things I still needed for the baby, so a trip to Walmart or Target sounded like a good idea. I could buy some last minute items, and my mom could get the crackers---everyone would be happy. So my daughter, Lizzy, my mom and I headed out on our quest for the "crackas"...

It was a cold November evening, and the directions to the nearest Walmart, that my husband tried to explain to me, were not working. After going down way too many wrong streets, and way too many wrong turns, by trip to Walmart went futile. "Ah Julie---I'm never going to get my crackas! I like taking my crackas with my medication." My mother explained. So, out of desperation, I headed to Target. I knew where that was.

It wasn't until we were finally walking around in the Target store, looking for those most wanted "crackas" in the cracker aisle did I feel a little "different". I didn't know it at the time, but my body was sending me messages that baby may be making preparations for an earlier appearance. Surprisingly, my two older children were both born on their due dates. I know that may sound strange, and it hardly ever happens, but it's true with me. This baby's due date was on the 7th, and it was the 4th. Hmmm, I wondered to myself, I would be so cool to have a baby born on the 4th. I was born on the 4th...

Surprisingly still, with all the rows upon rows of crackers that were on sale at the Target store, NONE OF THEM were the ones my mother was looking for. Of course. It was a disappointing trip to say the least. We left the store with 3 packages of newborn diapers and undershirt onezies, some lip gloss (for Liz--Dr. Pepper flavor) and a box of generic unsalted saltine crackers that my mother half heartidly settled for. They didn't taste the same of course, but it was better than nothing. I on the other hand was experiencing some pain in my hips.

To change the subject about how disappointing that a store that big did not carry the "right" saltine cracker, I disclosed to my mom that I was feeling some pain. She immediately stopped talking about the crackers, and glowed with excitement. Good thing my mother just happened to be in town that night. After a trip to the bathroom at home, it was definitely time for Rich and I to head to the hospital. My mom stayed home with the kids, and had tea with her generic crackas, while Rich and I headed to Dominican Hospital.

Nicholas Joseph Costa Langley was born hours later, on November 5th, two days early, and delivered by his Godmother, Karen. Karen had just started her night shift 30 minutes after we arrived to the hospital. It would be her last day until she was off on vacation. She took time off for her own birthday, which happened to fall on November 7th--Nicholas' due date. Better early than late.. :)

How about those "crackas"?!

9 comments:

FrankandMary said...

I have fond memories of Dr. Pepper flavor lip gloss. I didn't know it had survived.
Now for diabetics they have low carb crackers. That might be even better for her...but that would set you on a whole other adventure. ~Mary

Lori said...

What a great story, and I love the way you told it!

Coelha :B said...

Mary--you got me thinking now--is it the blue and white box?! I'll have to ask my mother to get the record straight. I usually buy her the WRONG kind--and I may have to edit that picture to the blue and white Low Sodium--I think you are right. Yes, and Dr. Pepper lip gloss/chap stick is alive and well---I just wish she would remember to take it out of her pocket before she puts her jackets in the dryer... I don't get this comment thing and why I can't post comments---sometimes I can--other times I can't.. :)

Jimmy's Journal said...

Great story! As for crackers, I'm somewhat picky about which ones I buy and when my store doesn't have the ones I usually eat, I get a bit cranky.

Of course, at my age, crankiness just seems normal....

Jimmy

Missie said...

Loved the cracker story. Made me think of my grandmother. She ate saltines all the time. Sorry I haven't been around much. It's so hard to get to my reader to catch up. Blogger now offers an email feed for your sidebar. If you add it then your posts will come directly to my inbox which will make it so much easier for me to stay caught up. Have a good weekend.

Coelha :B said...

Thanks for your comments!! Missie---I will look into that! Thanks!

SelenaLuis said...

I love that story. remind me of my grandparents and parents from faial. my grandpa always had to have his crackas, with tea. the even made bowls of tea with bread and crackers in it, like cereal. Crakas were a rich mans commodity! I too am a first generation azoreana. I can totally relate!

Unknown said...

I love that story. remind me of my grandparents and parents from faial. my grandpa always had to have his crackas, with tea. the even made bowls of tea with bread and crackers in it, like cereal. Crakas were a rich mans commodity! I too am a first generation azoreana. I can totally relate!

Unknown said...

I love that story. remind me of my grandparents and parents from faial. my grandpa always had to have his crackas, with tea. the even made bowls of tea with bread and crackers in it, like cereal. Crakas were a rich mans commodity! I too am a first generation azoreana. I can totally relate!