• Jenna Kantor

My Nachos Award

[My Nachos Award]


In my senior year in high school, I got awarded Most Spirited.


I was thrilled to get this award and acknowledgment. During my senior year, I loved going to football games dressed in the school colors, purple and silver. I had this special purple lipstick and purple bandanna to don for each event. Getting ready for each game was an event of its own with my girlfriends coming over, figuring out what to wear, and gabbing about the latest gossip.


The preparation and wardrobe were not enough for my level of enthusiasm. I went so far as to learn one of the cheerleaders cheers. I remember running down to do the cheer with them with great pride.


But now, more than 20 years later, I have to make a big confession. I never watched a game. Sure, I was there cheering when everyone else cheered, but I had no idea what was happening on the field. Here’s the truth ...


I was doing it for the nachos.


Those nachos were the best nachos in the world. May I say that they went better than the Taco Bell Nacho Supreme? Oh, yes, I am going there. It was chips loaded with the perfect cheap cheese out of the can that was heated up in a crockpot. The dollar store tortilla chips mixed with the savory cheese melted in my mouth, not in my hands (shout-out to those old M&M commercials). It was everything. Anyone who tried to have a conversation with me while I devoured it was at a loss. I did not care about anything else in those moments of consumption. Those nachos needed all of my attention.


So, now you’ll understand why I refer to my spirit award as my nachos award. Without them, I none of it would have been possible.


To this day, when I pass by the football field, I wish I could go to a football game to reunite with my beloved nachos.


May they live long and prosper.


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