I'm sure I could drudge up my own memories, but when I think of OREO cookies, I can't help but think of my husband's sweet Gram. He has the stories to tell, so for today, I defer.
My grandma's house was in the country. She was an antique dealer, so she had a bunch of cool stuff, including an old, blue, beat up, cookie jar.
She had a brown one for candy, and while I certainly did my fair share of getting into the candy jar, the cookie jar was my favorite. I never thought about how those cookies magically appeared in there, but it was nearly always full. I could grab the little wooden handle and open up the cookie jar and there may be chocolate chip cookies, fig newtons, or other types of cookies. The best of course, were OREO.
Gram didn't have any cookie jar rules like I would have as a dad, so I remember grabbing two handfuls of OREO cookies and sliding down the stairs to the basement. During break time we (brothers and cousins) would munch on some OREO cookies. When we played outside in the trees or went fishing we would fill our pockets with OREO cookies and play outside for hours. We could snack on the OREO cookies while hunting each other or fighting the bad guys, refueling at the blue cookie jar. It didn't matter if it was cold and we had our coats or if it was warm and we were running around in the summer. There was something we could stuff full of OREO in case we needed a snack.
As I got older we hunted birds and it was not uncommon to have OREO cookies in our hunting jackets. There were cases of fishing with Gram and eating a few OREO cookies between catching fish. When I went to college I had a standing rule just like all the other grandkids. We would stop by the farm, fill up with gas, play a hand of five point pitch, and drink a Pepsi. I would usually grab a handful of OREO cookies for the rest of my trip to college.
To this day I can't eat an OREO without thinking of my quirky Gram and the blue cookie jar.
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