I’m not usually one to follow obscure holidays named in honor of one thing or the next. But this day, National Pancake Day, you just can’t get away from it!
Without going out of my way, I’ve heard at least 5 references to this day, one on the radio, one on the web and the rest on television and oh, one reference talked about it yesterday!
Now usually a reference to obscure holidays are reserved at the end of an evening news telecast, during the “feel good” ending of the show. So after bombarding us with all the world and local negativity that we can stand for 27 1/2 minutes, the newscast writers figure that a cute story about it being, “Grandparents Day” (nothing against current grandparents ) is going to make all the icky news feeling just disappear!
But back to the pancake day stuff. What makes this obscure holiday seem to have a life of it’s own. Especially during a recovering (but still struggling) economy? What makes more than a few people reference this day of flat and fluffy, griddle cakes seem more important to talk about in the media?
My guess is once again, food, or in this case, the ultimate comfort food dominates our synaptic pathways. Especially during challenging times, we want to feel better about ourselves and about our life, something whose aroma smells of hope and possibilities. Well, this day’s solution is the humble but powerful pancake. Served in it’s many combinations, it’s ability to whisk us out of our typical day and connect us back to a time when we where young, when all we knew was hope and possibilities. Maybe that’s the reason more people today are mentioning the pancake. Why one sportscaster asked an up and coming football star, “What’s your favorite flavor of pancake?”
Or maybe, unconsciously everyone is burned out on their New Year’s resolution of eating “healthier” and they’re really only hungry and pancakes seem the perfect subconscious reference?
Either way, Happy Pancake Day to all and to all a good bite!
PS- I’m a whole grain and blueberry pancake man with 100% maple syrup!
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