Forget the economy, jobs or political drama. We’ve got a MAJOR crisis on our hands — a possible shortage of my favorite processed cheese food!

Forget the economy, jobs or political drama. We’ve got a MAJOR crisis on our hands — a possible shortage of my favorite processed cheese food!


Since childhood, just the mention of Velveeta cheese would start my mouth watering like Niagara Falls. As far as I was concerned, it was heaven in an oblong box. We didn’t have it often as my folks were on a tight budget, but when we did, oh boy!


My devotion to the squishy, boxed cheese has continued through the years, and I’ve expanded its uses past mom’s simple cheese and crackers fare. I’m convinced there’s no casserole on earth that couldn’t be improved with a little Velveeta mixed in. And could we have that spicy cheese dip that’s become a staple for any gathering without that bright yellow box playing a major role? No! Hence, the dilemma.


Kraft just announced there may be a shortage of Velveeta in coming weeks. What? Did the cows go on strike? Did they run out of oblong boxes? You mean to tell me that I may be forced to watch the Super Bowl WITHOUT my favorite cheese dip?


I could care less about the game. It’s the game day munchies, mainly the cheese dip and chips, (Oh, and those little, bitty sausage thingies in barbecue sauce, too) that are the best part of the whole Super Bowl experience. (Okay. The commercials and half-time show are usually good too, or at least more interesting than the game.) In my estimation, watching the Super Bowl without cheese dip would be about as much fun as a mammogram and colonoscopy combined!


Chances are I’m not the only one experiencing panic over this cheese shortage nightmare. I’m willing to bet there are millions of loyal Velveetans hyperventilating right now. To that end, I’ve got what I believe is a reasonable solution — postpone the Super Bowl until the cheese shortage is over — maybe until April or May. I’m thinking that could be a win-win for everybody. The teams would have more time to practice. The entertainers would have more time to properly sew their outfits. The weather would sure be better. Most importantly, we’d be able to have our cheese dip! Or maybe I’ll just go and buy up a bunch of Velveeta while it’s still available.



Happy birthday Sunday to Polly Morrow of Denison; Lloyd Bierling, T.A. Tredway, Ronnie Van Zandt, and Jason Hughes, all of Sherman; Dianna Eldredge of Pflugerville.


Happy anniversary Sunday to Bobby and Linda Wilson of Sherman, 45 years; Randy and Nancy Shirley of Sadler, 40 years; Clarence and Beverly Davis of Whitewright, 40 years; Modicue and Ann Holmes of Denison, 23 years; Bobby and Rosa Ham of Tom Bean, 57 years.