When I was younger my dad and my brother both used to eat Nutri-Grain cereal bars every morning. In fact, not even just in the morning. They seemed to have them at all times of the day, every day. For anyone who doesn’t know about them; they are* suspiciously coloured, flat, soft bars of a congealed compote of nothingness. They seemed to have as much nutritional value as a used Fisher-Price toy. Needless to say, I never ate them. I’d put them in the same bracket as; liquorice, Marmite and dead human skin.
Another common occurrence when I was growing up was the sight of my mother suffering through really bad headaches. She would often be lay prone on the couch in agony. I was never quite sure what I was supposed to do. Inevitably, I would ask if she was ok, to which she would reply, ‘it will be ok, it’s just a migraine’. I never understood why she kept eating those cereal bars if they made her feel so bad. It was only until some years later that I realised that a Migraine bar was not in fact a different brand of a Nutri-Grain cereal bar. They weren’t cereal bars at all, but actually the worst kind of headache.
Now, when I look back at that time, it is fair to say I wasn’t the most perceptive child. And I’m glad I didn’t act on any early ambitions to enter into the medical world. But also, I kind of feel like my Mum and I got a raw deal. My brother and my Dad got the Nutri-Grains and my mum and I got the migraines. They don’t even come in different flavours.
If they did though, I would definitely like a strawberry Mi-Graine.
Todays migraine was not strawberry based, it was unfortunately filled with pain. Lots of pain. I had grand ambitions today, I was planning to write, research and work. In reality I managed to lie in a dark room holding my head like a depression stock photo. I don’t think I can note that down as a productive day. However I still don’t think having a migraine could be any worse for me than having an actual Nutri-Grain.
*Do they still make them?