I hold Marlborough near and dear to my heart for many reasons: the tight-knit community, the excellent academics, the hilarious uniform infractions. But most of all, I love Marlborough’s celebration of that singularly important pastime—eating. Never once have I gone even remotely hungry since the first day of 7th Grade. You want a brownie? Hey look, there’s one sitting on your desk in English. Suddenly Odysseus doesn’t sound so bad after all. In the mood for a donut? There’s a box of them in the locker hallway, with a note saying,”Please eat me!” Oh sweet donuts, I’m happy to oblige. And if, for some extraordinary reason, there’s no free food lying around, you can always call Larchmont and order an extra-large #1 from Wine and Cheese.
But the best time to snack at Marlborough is during the holidays, when people bring in vast quantities of delectable goodies because some marketing exec convinced them that that’s what they’re supposed to do at this time of the year. And thanks to Facebook, holidays are far more frequent; almost every other week is a celebration of something. “Hug a Blonde Person Day” is as good an excuse as any to bring in some blondies.
1. Valentine’s Day. Since we don’t have any guys to impress, we all decide that it’s ok to eat our weight in chocolate. And of course, there are boxes of red and pink candy floating all over the place. I guess Cupid missed when he shot that arrow at me; he was probably aiming for my heart, and accidentally hit my stomach—in a big way.
2. Cinco de Mayo. We celebrate nachos, bean and cheese burritos, churros, and all of the other important food groups on that day.
3. French Day. I literally count down the days every year until the crepe truck comes. And when it does, I buy about five crepes. I would consume more, but while I’m eating the crepes, the crepe truck is eating all of the cash in my wallet.
So whichever one of these holidays strikes your fancy, be sure to remember to bring some food to celebrate (and save some for me)!