I wonder how many people have had TRUE cravings in their lives. I’m not talking about “Oh, I could really go for a ________ right now”. No, I’m talking about the “I will die if I don’t get a bite of _______!!!” kind of craving.
When I was pregnant I was hungry for a lot of things…but I didn’t think I was going to die without them. But one day a “true” craving hit and I suddenly knew that the stories of men going out at 4 AM to buy their pregnant wives chocolate pudding and watermelon were true.
I was 7 months pregnant and at work. It was about 9:30 AM and I had basically just gotten done with a breakfast that consisted of a package of Fruit Smiles, 3 pieces of deep fried bacon and hash browns smothered in maple syrup. You’d think that would be enough right? Nope…I started to think about turkey sandwiches. That thought turned into: “I could really go for Jimmy John’s right now”. For those of you that don’t know, JJ’s is a sandwich shop chain…and they are not open at 9:30 AM. After a few minutes my mouth started watering, I couldn’t focus on work and I tried snacking on pretzels, popcorn, more Fruit Smiles…but nothing was cutting it. I needed a freaking Turkey Tom!!!
My coworkers thought I was crazy but here I was at 9:45AM calling the closest Jimmy John’s. No one answered and I started to panic…so I called another one that was half way across town. The answered on probably the 20th ring and I gave them my desperate plea. Luckily they were working on a catering order and the saint on the phone said she’d have no problem making me a sandwich. I have never driven so fast in my life…
I practically had to wipe the drool from my chin as I inched closer and closer to JJ’s. When I got there they had to unlock the front door to let me in. It took a few minutes for them to get the register and credit card machine going and all I could do was eye my sandwich being made. Finally, with sandwich in hand, I sprinted (well, ran as fast as a 7 month pregnant girl can run) back to my car.
I practiced a bit of self control and drove to the other side of the parking lot (about 30 yards) so that no one could see what I was about to do. I slammed the car in park, unwrapped my sandwich and took a few bites. Ahhhhhhh, nothing has ever tasted so good in my life even though I’m pretty sure I ate some of the paper wrapping in the rush of things. I rewraped that sandwich after several bites and thought I’d eat the rest for lunch.
I didn’t get 5 minutes down the road when I grabbed my sub and started unwrapping at a red light. Before I knew it, I was pulling into work with an empty sandwich wrapper and mayonnaise all over my face. If I could have licked the wrapper, I would have. But I walked back into work with my head held high, stomach full and everyone asking “Where’s your sandwich? Were they closed?!”. Of course, I admitted that I ate the entire thing on the drive back to work because I have no shame…but I left out the part about the drool.
Thank God this was the one and only time I had a craving. Don’t worry, I still continued to eat deep fried bacon dipped in maple syrup every single day (I wonder why I retained so much water?!)…but I could have lived without it (probably SHOULD have).
What kind of foods did you REALLY crave?