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Green Beans and Mothers-in-Law

13 Nov
Whole green beans in a carton.
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Name a food you used to like, but now avoid – what changed?

Green beans – my mother-in-law. 

I used to stay at the Hub’s home every weekend when we were courting.  His mother, being northern, made a traditional roast dinner every Sunday.  The first time I stayed over, of the vegetables she had in, I only liked green beans, so that’s what I got.  Every Sunday for three years.  No other vegetables, despite what everyone else had. 

It was my own fault: I was too timid in those days – really! – to say that I liked other things, so I ate them and ate them and ate them and from the day I got married (26 years ago), I never ate another one.

Now I have a different problem: I learned to speak up for myself and, when people ask me what I want, I tell them.  I wouldn’t say I was Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally:

Sally Albright: But I’d like the pie heated and I don’t want the ice cream on top, I want it on the side, and I’d like strawberry instead of vanilla if you have it, if not then no ice cream just whipped cream but only if it’s real; if it’s out of the can then nothing.
Waitress: Not even the pie?
Sally Albright: No, I want the pie, but then not heated.

but if you ask me how I like my tea (if it’s Earl Grey: black, not too strong; if it’s ordinary: medium strength, with milk, not too much) I’ll tell you.  And I admit, if I don’t like it, I won’t drink it.

If you don’t like that, then blame my mother-in-law.*

*Don’t you dare say a mean thing about her; I loved her, in spite of her green bean fetish.


Joke 234

13 Nov

I lifted this from BC (it might take a minute):

Recorder: the opposite of wreak havoc.


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