Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Going After the Cows and a Lifelong Munchie Habit
Has anyone besides me acquired a lifelong habit of needing a few munchies or goodies to take with you when you go on a walk or for an errand? My wife asked me where I got this compulsive behavior of thinking I needed something to suck on, chew on, or eat when I leave the house. I explained that it came from going after the cows. When we lived in Ralston during WWII, the cows pastured on a boggy field by the canal just above our home. We had to go up the lane near the ditch rider's house, open a wire gate, collect the cows, and drive them home. Since it was summer, we found a lot of what we took with us to eat from the garden. At various times, I remember plums, sand cherries, and carrots. We didn't have much candy in the kitchen cupboards, but usually there was a bag of hard lemon drops and maybe another variety once in awhile. In Penrose, Eliz was promoted to chief cow collector and she became the expert, although I do remember going a few times. Before I went, I had to find something to eat on the way. Now I have a bigger variety of options for goodies, but every time I go I remember going after the cows. And that is why I look for something to munch on before I leave the house.