The Joys of Breakfast
The neatest thing I have learned about college life thus far is that at 6:00 in the morning, nobody else appears to be awake. The same goes for up until 7:00 during the week, and on the weekends, people don’t start stirring until 10:00 at the earliest. My favorite time of the day has always been the morning, but in college, morning takes on a completely different dimension: the halls are quiet, the bathrooms are always free, the cafeteria is empty, and I can sit and drink my coffee slowly without feeling pressured to get up for someone else to have a chance to sit down.
Breakfast, known to young children as “the most important meal of the day,” used to be my favorite weekend meal because we’d get to eat something exciting, like waffles, pancakes, or muffins. On school days, however, I felt confined by the limits of my breakfast options–one can only eat so many pieces of toast in a week. Here at Clark, I won’t ever be affected by the repetitiveness of toast, because the cafeteria offers so many wonderful options for my favorite every-morning meal. My routine breakfast has become yogurt, granola, and a cup of coffee. You might be wondering how this is different from eating toast everyday–well, the answer lies in choice. Each morning, I choose between yogurt, granola, oatmeal, cereal, toast, bagels, some kind of meat, pancakes/french toast/waffles, melon, grapefruit, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, orange juice, an egg dish, and probably 27 other things I have yet to discover. I have not yet braved the toaster contraption (apparently you just slip it in there and it toasts on a conveyor belt, but I am not so sure), but when I crave toast (unlikely), I will most definitely make use of it.
Going to bed at night is wonderful for three reasons: (1) It means that the day has finally ended, (2) I don’t have to think when I sleep, and (3) when I wake up, I get to go eat breakfast. The people who inhabit the cafeteria that early in the morning either enjoy early breakfasts like me, or are there begrudgingly, sipping cups of coffee over their reading, trying to wake up before their 8:00 AM classes. Most everyone has a table to themselves or is sharing with one other person. There is no loud talking, nobody bumps into your chair, and there are never any people hovering around, waiting for a free seat.
Starting my days off on a positive foot–by eating a deliciously wonderful breakfast–helps keep the rest of the day above water. It is difficult to find personal, quiet time in college because people are always doing things around you. At four o’clock in the morning, there are people playing frisbee outside my window–I have never been able to stay up past 2 AM, so I don’t know how they do it. However, at 6:30, that crowd has shuffled in for the night (morning), and I feel like I have the entire floor to myself. I am already excited for breakfast tomorrow!