One day last week, my friend came back to his desk with some pancakes for breakfast and mentioned how he wasn't really a fan of the fancy organic maple syrup we had and preferred Aunt Jemima or Mrs. Butterworth since that was what he grew up on. I then told him how I never really ate Aunt Jemima's syrup because the bottle always scared me and I asked my mom not to get it...you know, because she's a cricket.
He then stares at me perplexed and says, "what???"
Me, "You know, the bottle is shaped like a cricket."
Him, "No...it's a little old lady."
Me, "Right...a little old lady that is a cricket."
We then proceed to go back and forth, browsing through Google search results and images to decide if I am the only one in the world who thinks this. I called my cousins and my brother who grew up with me, and thought for sure would think the same way...right?
No. Apparently, I am crazy.
After much deliberation and debate, we realized that my 4-5 year old self, probably watched the movie Pinocchio around that time and somehow related Jiminy Cricket with Aunt Jemima. The commercials with a talking bottle of syrup on the table obviously did not help. Since we never had it in the house again after my fear of the unique bottle, the topic never came up again....until last week, when I realized 20+ years later, that No. Mrs. Butterworth and Aunt Jemima are not crickets.
You know...in case there is someone else out there believing the same thing their entire life.