From Little Lee

Why breakfast?

I don’t know if you’ve ever had one of those days when you wake up and say, “Okay, so now what?” Well, a few weeks ago, I caught myself saying exactly that.

Don’t get me wrong. I have an amazing life and I’m grateful for everything I have. I absolutely love my job. I have really good benefits, a retirement plan and, better still, I have co-workers who rock.

So, this isn’t about my job.

I love my husband. After eight years of being together, he still makes my knees weak, endures my mood swings and gives me belly aches from my laughing so hard.

So, this isn’t about my marriage.

So, what then?! I found that I was waking up every morning stuck in the daily grind. Wake up. Eat breakfast or drink a slimfast because there’s no time. Go to work. Work out (if I have time). Make dinner. Watch TV. Go to bed.

Sound familiar?

For me, life had become a little too lukewarm. I’m the type of person who needs to feast on life…not just nibble on its edges. My engines need to rev hot and fast to be ready for that next big race…not just idle aimlessly. But, for some reason, that’s precisely what I was doing — idling aimlessly on the bumper car racetrack of life…nibbling on the scraps of my friends’ and family’s adventures and successes. In fact, there was nothing in my life making want to scale the walls of my house, stand on the edge of my roof and yell at the top of my lungs, “WOO HOO!” And, that was a very frustrating place to be.

I started asking myself, “Where’s my WOO HOO?” Then, I was reminded of some questions I’ve been asked throughout my life, like, what would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? or if money were no object, what would you do? As a fun exercise in fantasy, I would entertain the answers to these questions…travel around the world, eat at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, write a novel…these were, of course, if money were no object.

Normally, the fantasy would last only a couple of minutes and reality would set in…I can’t take the time off to travel around the world much less afford to eat at any restaurant in Abu Dhabi…because it’s in Abu Dhabi…I’m not that great a writer so who would read my book anyway?…I was stuck.

But, a few weeks ago, I asked myself the very same questions and the answers that came back were refreshingly simple…travel, eat and write. With my lofty expectations in check, I began entertaining a fantasy that could actually become a reality…and that’s when I wrote my manifesto outlining Little Lee’s BREAKFAST IN AMERICA.

I wrote it during my lunch hour. When I read it in its entirety for the first time, I got goose bumps. It felt fresh and unique. It was inspired. And, above all, it was doable.

So, that’s why I’m doing Little Lee’s BREAKFAST IN AMERICA and I’m so excited to bring everyone along.

Now, here’s my question…what’s keeping you from finding your WOO HOO?

Oh…and one more question…where should I eat breakfast in DELAWARE?!

Cheers to you!

Lee Rice
Official Eater

I am Lee Rice, the Founder and Official Eater for Little Lee's BREAKFAST IN AMERICA - an social media campaign to find America's FAVORITE breakfast spots. Join me!

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