I did a little grocery shopping over the weekend and JJ asked me to pick up Ramen Noodles for him and I agreed because nothing delights me more than to realize he has inherited my love for salt packets and processed carbohydrates. I’ve had a long love affair with Ramen Noodles going back to my freshman year in college. My parents dropped me off at Hardin-Simmons University which was to be my home for all of four short months before I ditched the tumbleweeds that rolled through the dorm parking lot and headed east to Arkansas, chasing after a boy that I would eventually break up with.
But that’s a whole ‘nother story.
Anyhow, my parents dropped me off at school with a hug and a check for my bank account that was to start me off on the rest of my life and for some reason I thought that was the money I had to eat off as well and so I set about to eat as cheaply as possible by purchasing Ramen Noodles and discount hot dogs. I ate them twice a day for weeks, in my dorm room, saving as much of my cash as possible while going to class and looking for a job.
I was painfully shy and completely overwhelmed by this whole big new world, but after a few weeks at school I finally managed to make a friend and as we met in the student union one morning, I noticed she went through the snack line and slid her student i.d. to pay for her food. I asked her if she had to set up an account to do that and she said, “Silly, everyone has their food plan tied to their i.d.”
I grabbed a sandwich and a coke and walked up to the cashier, but this time instead of pulling out my precious (and rapidly dwindling) supply of pennies, I handed over my card and held my breath.
She handed it back with a receipt and at the bottom of the receipt was my remaining balance.
HUNDREDS of dollars.
I ditched the hot dogs and proceeded to gain the Freshman 15 as I enjoyed spending my new-found wealth in the cafeteria and made new friends in the process. Eventually I left those friends and moved to another school, but I never ditched the Ramen.
Some friends you just don’t abandon.
Have a nice day.