Tuesday, February 23, 2010

National Pancake Day

In case you missed it, today was National Pancake Day!

If you dropped in to your local IHOP today, you might have gotten a free short stack of pancakes. If you are like me, you dropped in but didn't get the free pancakes because you don't really like pancakes, so instead you ordered the $8 omelet. Add the cost of the coffee, side order of bacon for the munchkins, tip and suggested donation to Children's Miracle Network (a worthy charity) you might have spent $30 for breakfast when you could have eaten cereal at home...had you not been lured in to the IHOP by the promise of "free" pancakes. However, I have a difficult time resisting the lure of anything free, even if I don't need or want it. I also have a difficult time resisting the temptation to put off regular "school" for an hour or two. So, we turned Pancake Day into school.

We studied a little about Pancakeology, as well as the history of Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday...who knew?), then we headed to IHOP for "free" pancakes. Again, some might ask what might be the practical application of this new pancake knowledge. There is none. However, if my children are ever on Jeopardy, look out!

"Alex, I'll take 'Lesser Known Christian Holidays' for $1,000."

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