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Topic: Salt and Pepper (07/24/14)
TITLE: A lesson in taste
By Ken Grant
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Timmy Spencer immediately stopped what he was doing and almost ran to the dinner table. Two very clear rules of the house were to come immediately when the dinner call was made and eat whatever was put on your plate. The first task wasn’t too hard, but the other could be really difficult. Just about everything that Timmy’s grandmother cooked was so very plain; it had no taste. And above all Timmy liked food with taste.
“Here you go, Timmy. Eat up.”
Timmy looked at his plate. He bowed his head to pray. His prayer wasn’t so much for God’s blessing as for his help. Timmy always needed help to finish his plate. Thankfully there was one salvation for Timmy; the salt and pepper shakers.
“Aren’t you hungry, Timmy?”
Timmy nodded his head. He was hungry, but he couldn’t get his thoughts off of the blessed salt and pepper shakers. They were what gave the food taste. He longed for them. They sat in the middle of the table with their distinctive shapes that identified them. He wanted to reach for them. He wanted so much to pour them over his food. But there was one more rule that had to be followed. He had to taste his food, really taste it, before he could ask for the salt and pepper. He had attempted to fake it or only nibble in the past, but each time he had been caught and punished. He wouldn’t make that mistake again.
“Eat up, Timmy.”
Timmy smiled, picked up his fork, and put a portion of food in his mouth. The moment he began to chew his eyes grew large with joy. He looked over at his grandmother who smiled back at him.
“Do you like it?”
“Very much,” Timmy replied.
“I tried a new recipe.”
“I like it.”
“Salt and pepper?”
Timmy thought for a moment before responding, “No, thank you.”
Food without salt and pepper. He didn’t think it was possible, but this new recipe had proved him wrong. He was still thankful that the salt and pepper were at the ready. You never knew what food he would have to eat in the future. But for now he finished his plate, slid back his chair, and began to leave the table. Suddenly a thought popped into his head. He turned back toward his grandmother who had gotten up to clear the table.
“Thank you for a great dinner, grandma.”
“You are very welcome, Timmy.”
Timmy ran off thankful for something new and for a grandmother who loved him.
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