Monday, October 18, 2021

Pancakes – All about family and friends

Pancake friends. Submitted photos

Pancake friends. Submitted photos

By Joanie Fuller

Think about it. Does the number of pancakes you eat equal the number of friends you can make at a pancake breakfast?

I don’t know the answer, but I do know that our Goodland pancake breakfast during Mullet Festival weekend was well attended and everyone had a good time.

Now back to the question at hand. Think about it this way. The pancakes are really good in Goodland, but since they are big and fluffy you could probably only eat two or three. All right, if you are a big guy, maybe more. But the opportunities to be with family and make friends are endless.

Here’s one way it happens. You get in the buffet line and there is someone you don’t know in front of you. Soon you hear, “I would like a Mickey Mouse pancake.”

You think to yourself, “Did I hear that right? We are mostly adults here, aren’t we?” Sure enough, though, the cook is putting a shape on the grill. When it’s done and on the

Seahorse pancake.

Seahorse pancake.

plate, the fun loving adult who ordered it says, “That looks more like a Picasso!” So you end up having a laugh and a conversation with this person and find out you have something in common.

When it’s your turn, you say to the cook, “I want a seahorse pancake, please!” When it appears in perfect shape everyone in line laughs and the good times keep rolling.

I saw a group of about 20 come to the January breakfast together. They probably didn’t make any new friends that morning, but they were with some great folks. As a matter of fact, they were very quiet because they were eating and eating. Yum!

A group of three sitting by themselves looked interesting and I decided to see how they were doing. Imagine my surprise and thrill when one of the women told me, “I was the first Mullet Queen back in 1985 and I created the Buzzard Lope Dance.” Her name is Lora Britton and she wouldn’t miss the pancake breakfast or the

First Mullet Queen Lori Britton and two friends.

First Mullet Queen Lori Britton and two friends.

Mullet Festival. Incidentally she was seen on Sunday afternoon sitting with Stan and some other former Mullet Queens. So I guess she was a bonafide VIP!

A Marco couple met some folks from Lely. I thought they had come together, but no. They had just met and were thoroughly enjoying each other.

Families come together too. A great way to spend the morning.

One thing we do here in Goodland is give everyone a “special” sticker when they get their $5 ticket. We think everyone who comes is special for taking the time to come and help with projects benefitting our tiny island.

Why don’t you join us at our next pancake breakfast and see what happens. It will be Saturday March 5 and Sunday March 6 from 8 am to 11:30 am.

Bring your family or meet new friends, but definitely think about the pancake shape you want from the cook. He’ll do his best.

Joanie Fuller is the President of the Goodland Civic Association. She and her husband of 47 years, David Fuller, are residents of Goodland.

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