When I was almost eight years old, my family moved back from Brazil. I remember clearly how we got out of the airport in the US and went to McDonald’s for breakfast. It probably wasn’t my first time at McDonald’s, but it has certainly been one of the most memorable times. There was something so special and magical about that breakfast- besides the fact that I discovered that I don’t like Egg McMuffins.
In the years after, that was a place that my dad and I spent a lot of special father/daughter time. In elementary school the two of us would go there for breakfast- and I discovered that I loved their pancakes and sausage breakfast! In high school my dad would get me out of school to take me to lunch there and then take me back. Sometimes we would just get an ice cream sundae. But we would always have this special time there just the two of us.
So as I an adult I happily took my kids to McDonald’s. Truthfully, I liked the food just as much as they did and was thankful for an excuse to go. I’m surprised that Avery didn’t come out of me looking like a McD’s cheeseburger and strawberry milkshake because of all that I ate during my pregnancy with her!
So, what the heck is going on with me now? I’m completely grossed out with McDonald’s now. Part of it has to do with the fact that I’ve given up red meat… a whole other story for another time. But the other part of it, and the part that my husband now has one more reason to think I’m losing it, is that they are trying to go healthy and fancy. What?! I know that whole “Supersize Me” thing hurt them and all, but who with half a brain ever thought they were eating healthy when they chose McDonald’s anyway? So what has me so bothered? I don’t know what to eat there anymore. Is it wrong that I trust them to make unhealthy food, but I’m weirded out by them trying to make an Asian Chicken Salad, complete with edamame and roasted red peppers (which under “normal” circumstances I love both!)? The stuff I like to eat there I don’t eat anymore, and the stuff that I could eat totally grosses me out. So today I was at a total loss at this McDonald’s that even called itself “McD’s Cafe” and sold not only iced coffee, but also lattes, cappuccinos, and mochas.
I don’t know if I’m more bothered by them trying to keep up with the times, or that they’re erasing all of my fond childhood memories… but I do know that I miss a good Big Mac!