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December 13, 2005


Sounds wonderful! I think that nurse was just afraid of trying something different. I have a full belly at the moment, but my mouth is still watering.

Always a pleasure to read about your father-in-law.

"Every food has its stomach!"

I love this! I've always joked that my stomach has an extra, always-empty compartment for dessert, so this proverb offers the same sentiment in a much more concise fashion.

"Who will lead the donkey" doesn't ring of all too much entitlement to me. "Death by broom" somehow does speak of loss of entitlement. "Death by baklava"? That is entirely avoidable.

I love these cameos about your father in law - put them all together and they could make a book.

Ah, great parallel traditions. Decades ago Martha came up with her famous "compartment theory," which explained many things about how we eat. (The normal human being's ice cream compartment, for example, is on average 71.7 times larger than his or her brussels sprout compartment.)

Another wonderful vignette. Thank you!

Not mine - I love Brussels Sprouts almost as much as icecream! One of my favourite things about Christmas; I gorge on the portions of those who are less keen.

Beth, this is exquisite. Your ear and eye for detail are just wonderful. Yes, perhaps you could compile these sketches into some sort of longer portrait.

Great post, and I join the crowd waiting for the extended Father-in-law Story.

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