Parents really need to pay closer attention to the influences on their children. I’m living proof of the power of the media on the human brain. While it may take multiple interactions for me to remember a person’s name or face (I’ve always found that a struggle), I could recite taglines or sing jingles from commercials and programs I saw many years ago. Take the title of this post, Again, Again, Again. As I was writing it, I heard in my head the voices of the Teletubbies, a kids’ program that Annie loved when she was little. There was a segment in the program that showed some real-life kid doing something in documentary format. Once it was over, the Teletubbies would say Again, Again, Again and it would replay. Really. It was a bizarre children’s program and I’ll never understand how I allowed her to be mesmerized by it. It was weird from the strange puffy characters to the robotic, vacuum-like nanny mother Noo-Noo – and yes, I remember way too much about this show. Which is my point!!!!! The media has much too much brainwashing influence on our lives.
Back to the original point of this post… I had the rare occasion for a trip to the beach, Again, my favorite terrain. Joe and I went to the town of Ocean Grove, NJ where there was a large British collectors car show. I agreed to attend because it was by the beach. And I drank in as much of the sights, the smells, and the sounds as I could in between looking at the cars with Joe and souvenir shopping for the girls.
We went out for lunch too. I chose the crab cake salad – one of the best crab cakes and salads I’ve had in a while. The cakes were all crunchy from the panko breadcrumbs that made such a noticeable difference. And while I usually tire from chewing all the greenery in a salad, the dressing was so good and well-balanced that I didn’t tire of it until I was done!
And so, the first Again was another trip to the beach for the end of the summer season. The second Again was a crab cake, of which I usually have my fill while we’re in Chincoteague. And the final Again? We returned to another no-recipe dessert from Louisa – a chocolate peanut butter bar cookie. The base was made from graham crackers and there was probably a mix of different chocolates she found in the pantry, with some almonds tossed in for extra crunch. I only wish we could recreate them, Again, Again, Again.