Oh Book It. This was my OBSESSION when I was in elementary school. You see, my family owns an Italian restaurant and as a result- we never went to other pizzerias or (da da dunnn) Pizza Hut. I always felt like the odd kid out because all of my classmates kept talking about how Pizza Hut was the place to be and I got so angry at my parents for not taking me there…even though, looking back, they had the good sense not to.
When I found out that if you read six books, your teacher will give you a free certificate to get a personal pan pizza at Pizza Hut, I thought I won the lottery. “Six books?” I thought. “Hah, I can finish six books in a week.” And I did. Hey- if you think the number of blogs I read is excessive, you should have seen me when I was 8. I had a personal library that could rival Belle’s from Beauty and the Beast. I remember being SO EXCITED because, finally, I had an excuse to go to Pizza Hut!
My mother reluctantly took me to Pizza Hut after dance class. It took forever to get the pizza (probably because they were defrosting it) but I didn’t care. This was Pizza Hut. Once I received the scalding hot box, I couldn’t wait to eat it. I took a piece out and I bit into it…
and I was severely disappointed. It was the most disgusting thing I have ever tasted in my life. The sauce tasted like metal and the cheese was tasteless. My response was “wow, they don’t make it like Daddy does!”
It was at that moment that I realized local restaurants will always pound the chain restaurants into brutal submission. So thank you Book It, not only did you encourage me to read to get free pizza (and probably caused the majority of my generation to become obese), you also made me proud to own my pizzeria.