Remember Slow Food?

‘Someone asked the other day, ‘What was your favorite Fast FoodWhen you were growing up?”We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up, I informed him.’All the food was slow.”C’mon, seriously. Where did you eat?”It was a place called ‘at Home,” I explained! ‘Mom cooked every Day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the Dining room table, and if I didn’t like what she put on my plate I Was allowed to sit there until I did like it.’By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was Going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the Part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.But here are some other things I would have told him about my Childhood if I figured his system could have handled it:Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore Levis, never Set foot on a golf course, never traveled out of the country or had A credit card.In their later years they had something called a revolving charge Card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears& Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly Because we never had heard of soccer.I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one Speed, (slow) We didn’t have a television in our house until I was 11.It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air At midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; It came back on the air at about 6 a.m. And there was usually a Locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.I was 19 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called ‘pizza pie.’ When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese Slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned That, too. It’s still the best pizza I ever had.I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was In the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, You had to listen and make sure some people you didn’t know weren’t Already using the line.Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered Newspapers–my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It Cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to Get up at 6 AM every morning.On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and toldHim to keep the change. His least favorite customers were the ones Who seemed to never be home on collection day.Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in The movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were Responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity Or violence or most anything offensive.If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may Want to share some of these memories with your children or GrandchildrenJust don’t blame me if they bust a gut laughing.Growing up isn’t what it used to be, is it?

Take The Time

This was written by an 83 year old women to her friend.I’m reading more and dusting less. I’m sitting in the yard and Admiring the view without fussing about the weeds in the garden. I’m spending more time with my family and friends and less time Working. Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of Experiences to savor, not to endure. I’m trying to recognize These moments now and cherish them.I’m not “saving” anything; we use our good China and crystal For every special event such as losing a pound, getting the Sink unstopped, or the first Amaryllis blossom. I wear my good Blazer to the market. My theory is if I look prosperous, I can Shell out $28.49 for one small bag of groceries. I’m not Saving my good perfume for special parties, but wearing it For clerks in the hardware store and tellers at the bank. “Someday” and “one of these days” are losing their grip on my Vocabulary. If it’s worth seeing or hearing or doing, I want To see and hear and do it now.I’m not sure what others would’ve done had they known that They wouldn’t be here for the tomorrow that we all take for Granted. I think they would have called family members and a Few close friends. They might have called a few former friends To apologize and mend fences for past squabbles. I like to think They would have gone out for a Chinese dinner, or for whatever Their favorite food was. I’m guessing; I’ll never know.It’s those little things left undone that would make me angry If I knew my hours were limited. Angry because I hadn’t written Certain letters that I intended to write one of these days. Angry and sorry that I didn’t tell my husband and parents often Enough how much I truly love them. I’m trying very hard not to Put off, hold back, or save anything that would add laughter and Luster to our lives. And every morning when I open my eyes, Tell myself that it is special.If you received this it is because someone cares for you. If You’re too busy to take the few minutes that it takes right now Forward this, would it be the first time you didn’t do the little Thing that would make a difference in your relationships? I can Tell you it certainly won’t be the last. Take a few minutes to Send this to a few people you care about, just to let them know That you’re thinking of them. “People say true friends must Always hold hands, but true friends don’t need to hold hands Because they know the other hand will always be there.”

Twinkies and Root Beer

A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with Twinkies and a six-pack of Root Beer and he started his journey. When he had gone about three blocks, he met an elderly man. The man was sitting in the park just feeding some pigeons. The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase. He was about to Take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the man looked Hungry, so he offered him a Twinkie. The man gratefully accepted it and smiled at boy. His smile was so pleasant that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root Beer. Again, the man smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to Leave, but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, Ran back to the man, and gave him a hug. The man gave him his biggest smile ever. When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his Mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, “What did you do today that made you so happy? “He replied, “I had lunch with God.” But before his mother could Respond, he added, “You know what? God’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen!”Meanwhile, the elderly man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked,” Dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?”He replied, “I ate Twinkies in the park with God.” However, before his Son responded, he added,” You know, he’s much younger than I expected.”