Daily Prompt: When was the first time you really felt like a grown up (if ever)?
It was about a week or so after I graduated college.
Technically, I hadn’t actually graduated yet. I still had to complete one of my courses, but that was a matter of just turning in a project. Considering that I had already gone through the graduation ceremony, it was only a minor detail.
Back on subject…
The night of my graduation, my parents had taken me to the supermarket for a mega shopping trip. I stocked up on food items that would provide me with nourishment for the rest of my days.
Or so I thought.
One night, I was sitting on my couch watching television when I noticed that it was around the time people normally ate dinner. I thought to myself: “Guess I should figure out what I am eating tonight.”
And then I realized that I had absolutely no clue what I was going to eat for dinner.
Up until that point in my life, my meals had almost always been provided for me. When I lived at home, there was always ample food on hand, and my parents cooked dinner for the family. When I was at school, all I had to do was go to the dining halls and swipe my student ID, and my food was magically paid for.
Unfortunately, neither of those options were available to me anymore.
Since graduation, I had been living off that earlier grocery store trip and fast food. Even in those days I knew that eating out every night wasn’t a viable option. I was actually *gasp* going to have to purchase and prepare my own food!
I don’t handle change especially well, so I certainly didn’t like the sound of this new reality. People aren’t going to be preparing my meals for me? If I swipe my student ID people won’t just give me anything I ask for?
I was living in the middle of Washington DC with no car, so there weren’t any supermarkets I could go to. So I walked to the local grocery store and stocked up on pasta, frozen meals, and other food items I could easily prepare.
Eventually, I got the hang of it. I began to buy food that wasn’t always processed, and I even became slightly concerned with the nutritional value of what I was putting into my body.
And years later, I did the really smart thing and found a wife who would do most of the cooking for me! I’m anxiously awaiting whatever sure to be delicious meal she’ll whip up tonight.