As the cool breeze caught my attention....
Yet another childhood thought came to mind. Paw Paw's Cobbler would be the perfect dish for these peaches. Yes... as I wiped the table, the juice that ran down my arms, and the perfect RED pulp from the inside of the peach at the pit, was wiped from my fingers.
Oh the story of the cobbler, the "famous General Sherman Cobbler" Just one more story told around the table, one more story of my history passed verbally over coffee, ice cream, cobbler,deer stakes and biscuits with gravy.
The story is LONG... a LOVE STORY and a story of DEFIANCE, TRUE SPIRIT for ones country, and the tails of a country boy making a difference. How can one story tell so much? As with any story there are SEVERAL sides to all events... and depending on the subject in discussion... how it was applied and told to me again and again. Which is exactly why it is so long, so perfectly etched in my mind. So sit down and read as you relax with a glass of wine, coffee, or tea but what ever your choice... relax and learn a little more about the "inside" story of a common soldier in WWII that made a difference to his little unit, his stationed area... and the love of his life.
Mother took the time to write the family things down... which is not easy as Nannie and Paw Paw never measured ANYTHING... Paw Paw cooked by taste, hence his larger physic in his cooking years. Nannie cooked only by look as she never tasted half of what she made, and only got to eat it if any was left after everyone else ate.
Cecil E Lain... fell in love with a local girl Mable Nadine Knight. His love for her was a force for him to be as much a man as he could be, and thus... like most men of his age he was desperate to show his true self and join in forces against evil. Oh...so much stood in his way. His Uncle had already sent in papers showing his necisity of staying home, working the family farm, store, and that the need for his assistance was great. Uncle Vernon was above the age of draft.. Uncle Charles was already signed up.. Cecil (Paw Paw) was too young for signing up. So he did what others did and ... made a plan. He told Mable of his plan, she said fine, but she would not marry him till he came back. So... Cecil accepted her decession and followed through on his taking care of business.
He lied about his age, signed up behind his begging mother's back not to do so... told Mable as soon as he did it, told his mother only the night before he left!
"When I got that pass", he said, "I knew exactly what I was going to do." this was also ALWAYS the point he would look to his left ... always to find Nannie... as he got older, he got sweeter and sweeter, he would find Nannie and grin. As time passed his grin was more and more profound. You could see the affections oozzee from his eyes, the corner of his lips tilted up, till his ears blushed with sweet thoughts. This was funny to me having grown up with him so stern, so profound of no personal affections expressed in my early years. Dare you say an animal was in heat, the cat was driving you crazy... the world would fall off its axis. But with time, with age, the story was as much about his love for Nannie not the defiance of wanting to get home, wanting his two weeks, thinking after fighting so long that he diserved his time in the states.
He got his pass! and exactly what he was going to do ... was ... take his two week pass AFTER he got to his destination. Not calculating his travel as part of the past, not to, and definately not from. He was going home, staying for two weeks, and then he would go back to fighting. THAT was Cecil E Lain. THAT was my Paw Paw...
He knew there would be a price to pay... and there was... physical labor with a stern officer watching his every move digging "to China"... . Then more to pay KP ,or Kitchen Patrol, cleaning the crap from others in and out, not a pretty job he said, but one he knew he diserved and expected nothing less.
But these peaches, so perfect remind me so much of his perfect cobblers. Try it! as simple as it looks, you will not regret it!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Today like any other day I drove to the barn and let the horses out. Checking them over and making sure they were ok before being put out to pasture. When I turned back into the drive at home a glare high in the tree caught my eye.
The cool morning breeze catches my attention...
The cool morning breeze catches my attention...
Monday, August 23, 2010
Any who said SIMPLE was EASY had no idea what they were saying, had apparently never tried to live more simple. I try with everything I am, but I am far from simple. I am about as complex as the next person. There is never one side to a story and there are always several sides of anyone exploring the world, their needs, and experiences that makes everyone more complex each day. There is so much going on in the world. Everywhere you look there is something or someone telling what you need next. What is going to make your life perfect. What is going to make your day easier. And exactly what your kids need, your husband, your marriage and even what is wrong with you if you don't want what they have.
Even Julia Childs knew when she suggested the simplicity of cooking more like the French, it was going to be harder for the typical American to grasp having to peel a bag of potatoes to make a simple bowl of potato soup. Not everyone is willing to do that, but I am willing to try.
It is all about the effort you put into something at the first in order to accomplish, enjoy and LAVISH the simplicity of life.
Dogs know when to take a nap, when to chase a rabbit, and when to watch it hop across the yard. Watching sitting and following the eye of a dog at rest, not asleep, but resting because this is not the perfect rabbit. Allowing the rabbit to fatten on grass just a little more. Maybe tomorrow... as her eyes roll back, she takes a deep breath, yyyyeeeesss maybe tomorrow.
If you have a dog take a lesson from your dog, Can't sit in someones lap.... curl up on the sofa... take a nap, enjoy your day, your time, what ever it is you need to feel special today.
Even animals know simplicity... We are the only animal that pushes simplicity out of our lives and RUSH into what ever event someone else has deemed necessary for us, our children, our marriage, our lives, even our religions.
Take time for yourself. What ever it is you like. Take Five Minutes of YOUR time, go outside, listen to the wind blow, watch the trees sway, sit in the sun, or close your eyes and take deep breaths. Take time for YOU. Forget the world... the entire world, and enjoy who you are! For those of you who never relax or only take care of others this may be a little harder to do, but try... it will get easier over time, it will feed a part of you, that has not been nurished for sometime.
If you travel you see how other cultures are at a slower pace than typical Americans. You have control, you have the ability to sit and lavish yourself in what ever way is perfect for you.