Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. Jacob is 21 years old and just moved into an apartment with his girlfriend. He graduated from a technical college with an Associate's degree in Computer Maintenance. He works for a school district as a computer technician. Elijah is almost 18 years old. He is hearing impaired, has Tourette Syndrome, OCD and ADHD. He is a junior in high school. Elijah lives with his mom Mary and her wife, his stepmom. Mary has a bachelor's in deaf education and a masters in special education, and is an educational diagnostician. Life is always changing and this blog has chronicled many of these changes and will continue to do so!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Krispy Kreme

I grew up with Krispy Kreme doughnuts in my hometown of Mobile, Alabama. Every Sunday, after church, we would go to Krispy Kreme and get to chose two doughnuts. The white powder doughnuts were my favorite. Sometimes we did go to Polman's bakery instead and I would get two cupcakes, but Krispy Kreme was my preferred choice on Sunday. The hot glazed doughnuts were like eating pure sugar! Sinful!

In 1980 we moved to Richardson, Texas and soon found out there were NO Krispy Kreme stores in Texas. Oh it was horrible! How could we stay in Texas without our Krispy Kreme. We did learn to adjust, but everytime we visited Mobile one of our first stops was Krispy Kreme. In fact, we went several times while we were there.

When my exhusband, who was my boyfriend at the time, visited Mobile with us we soon made him a convert to Krispy Kreme. When a store finally came to Texas, in Arlington, he went and stood in line for me for two hours to bring me back a two dozen doughnuts. This was after we were married. Arlington was about 90 minutes away, so it was a trek to get the doughnuts. We actually would make the trip every few months to get our Krispy Kreme fix.

Later a store opened up a little closer, about 45 minutes away. One time, my little brother Alex went with Jacob, Elijah and me to get doughnuts. He was about thirteen at the time and bought himself half a dozen glazed doughnuts. I bought two dozen doughnuts for my dad's family and two dozen for my family. We decided to eat a few at the store and Alex was standing there eating his doughnut when he moved his hand to the side with a doughnut in it. Elijah, who was about three years old at the time, managed to grab half of Alex's doughnuts. Since the doughnuts were HOT at thet ime, Alex never even felt Elijah pull half off the doughnut off. Alex went to put the doughnut in his mouth and HALF of it was gone. The look on his face was priceless. We both looked over and Elijah was shoving half a doughnut in his mouth.

A few years ago a store finally opened up in Plano, which was about 20 minutes from our house. The coolest thing was to stand and watch the doughnuts being made. We went every six to eight weeks to buy doughnuts. Elijah loved to watch the doughnuts being made. We all had our favorites. Jacob liked the raspberry and apple filled. I liked the apple filled and chocolate covered. Elijah liked the glazed(which he called Krispy Kreme) and chocolate covered with sprinkles.

Krispy Kreme doughnuts aren't cheap though and we started going less. Plus gas prices increased and we stopped driving to Plano as much. We went every few months when we were in Plano for a doctor's appointment or to do some shopping. A few months ago, Elijah and I decided to get some doughnuts after a doctor's appointment and the Plano store was closed. Poor Elijah just didn't understand it. The closest store is somewhere in Dallas and we just haven't gone looking for it.

My mom came in last night from a trip to Oklahoma and brought some Kripsy Kreme doughnuts with her. There are now two left in the box waiting for Jacob this morning. Elijah did not hesitate in opening the box this morning and grabbing a chocolate doughnut. I said screw the diet and ate two myself. This summer when we go to Mobile and then the beach I am sure we will stop and get us some Krispy Kreme doughnuts. It isn't just the doughnuts, it is the memories they bring to mind and the new memories they make. We still laugh about Elijah stealing half of Alex's doughnut, who by the way ate all six of his glazed doughnuts, well five and a half, before we got home that day!

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