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Mary's Stories

The Vaccuum Cleaner
Published August 6, 2008 in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner.

The average client at the Inn is a retired baby boomer that is both educated and well traveled. For the most part that demographic sets the tone around the Inn, at least during the summer months. On occasion, however, we have children stay at the Inn, and their presence is an anomaly to our operation and the other guests. This particular day, grandpa (who made the reservation) and grandma arrived with their son, his wife, a 3 year old son, and a 9 month old daughter. The staff’s reaction was quick - pull out and dust off the high chair and the crib.

The kids were darling and, for the most part, well behaved. The little girl was just beginning to walk and could do circles around the room as long as she held on to something. A hand on the wall or on a piece of furniture was all she needed to guide her along. The little boy walked, talked and bounced. He was polite, addressed the staff as Miss Mary and Miss Sue, and gave a big thank you for every service. He also asked a lot of questions.

One of his favorite topics was fans. “How do you turn on the fan?” “Can you turn on the fan?” “Can I turn on the fan?” “Does this room have a fan?” “How many fans do you have?” “What color is the fan?” “Can I see the fan?” Luckily for all it was a hot day and there were lots of fans to hold his interest.

As Miss Sue went about her duties she was aware of the little boy always being in close proximity, as if waiting in anticipation. That is until she pulled the vacuum cleaner out of the closet. With big eyes and an expression of wonder, he politely asked Miss Sue in almost a whisper, “What’s your vacuum cleaner’s name?”

Over the course of the morning the Inn’s many vacuum cleaners were pressed into duty. At the roar of the motor, the little boy rushed to the noise with the same question, “What’s your vacuum cleaner’s name?” Not being a mom, Miss sue did not know that a persistent child’s questions never stop until answered. At breakfast the next morning the little boy asked Miss Mary, “What are your vacuum cleaner’s names.” Miss Mary, being older and having the delicate ease with eager children only motherhood can engender, replied without a blink, “Miss Kenmore, Miss Hoover, and Miss Eureka.” The satisfied closure to the question was obvious on his bright little face as everyone at the table joined the debate as to what kind of engineer this young boy might grow up to be.

Small children are happy when served kid food in kid portions on kid plates. Parents are happy when they eat, so no frittata, no spinach quiche, no herb eggs. Instead, try breakfast spaghetti!

Breakfast Spaghetti

  • 12 ounces cooked and drained spaghetti noodles
  • 10 slices of bacon – diced
  • 2 tablespoons onion finely diced
  • 4 large eggs - beaten
  • 4 slices American (processed) cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of spaghetti sauce, store bought or homemade

Cook and drain the spaghetti noodles. Cook the bacon and onion and place on a paper towel lined plate. Spray a large non-stick skillet with Pam and add the noodles and the bacon and onion mixture. Stir together until heated. Pour the eggs over the warmed noodles. Place the cheese on top of the eggs. Gently stir until the eggs are cooked and the cheese is melted. Heat spaghetti sauce in microwave. Spoon a little of the spaghetti sauce over the noodles or serve in a small dish on the side as a dipping sauce.

Inn Tip: If your child dislikes onion leave it out and replace with ½ teaspoon of onion powder. Experiment with the recipe by adding foods your kids like. Substitute sausage or ham for bacon, cheddar for American, or sneak in a little of their favorite finely chopped veggie. As a time saver, cook and refrigerate the noodles and bacon the night before while you are cleaning up from dinner.

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Fairbanks, Alaska 99701

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