In the mornings as a child, my mom moved at break neck speed until she sat in the car. Inhaling long drags from her cigarette as the white Bonneville putted along to my cousin’s house, she would finally relax into her routine. With the shut of the car door, the tires slowly crunched gravel as she sputtered out of their drive.
By the time I got to my cousin’s house, my aunt had already left for work. Life had to have hard for our mothers, who were both single and working. My cousin and I were quintessential latchkey children with all of the pros and cons that came along with that sort of existence.
Luckily, my cousin only lived a few streets down from the middle school and high school. Most of grade school, we would walk together early in the morning. It was always a game with us, would we leave early enough to walk the long way to school or would we inevitably have to cut through her neighbor’s yard?
A train track ran right in front of my cousin’s house and that train was always on time. When we would feel the entire house start shaking, we knew we were late. With the intense shrill whistle blow, we were off. Shimmying through bushes, jumping fences and outrunning the eyes of angry neighbors, we emerged a few paces from the school. Brushing the debris off of each other’s book bags and clothes, we would giggle while catching our adrenalin filled breath.
English Muffin Breakfast Sandwiches
4 English Muffins, split open and both sides buttered
4 slices of ham, fully cooked sausage patties, or bacon
4 slices American cheese
Cook eggs to your preference (we prefer runny eggs.) Toast the English Muffins. While everything is still hot, assemble the sandwiches: one slice of meat, one egg, and one slice of cheese sandwiched between the english muffin. Repeat with all. Wrap in aluminum foil and place in warm oven 3-5 minutes to melt cheese.