This is a quick veggie tale for a couple of my Twitter buds. If I’ve told ya’ll this one before….well, I’m old and decrepit and the mind is going so just put up with it… I also need more coffee.
When Devoted Spouse was Active Duty Air Force we lived in this lovely little brick cottage on a base here in Ohio. We had such nice neighbors – the one on one side always met me at the fence with an extra Mason jar of ‘gawdknowswhat’ for me to share with her….the one on the other side was a Southern Belle and wouldn’t be caught out without her hair and spackle just perfect…. ya’ll. Diversity…
Anyway. Devoted Spouse and I decided to put in a little garden in the backyard. Yay us. We dug and dug…we composted…we planted…we weeded… I used my target pistol on the squirrels (another story for another day) and and and and… we had a heckuva garden going.
Devoted Spouse picked out all the plants and seeds that year — we had tomatoes, peppers, onions, cucumbers, zucchini (how da heck u spell zucchini anyway?) and he found something called okra. Now I grew up in Virginia but I didn’t know what okra was. Devoted Spouse said it was something you grew, picked, washed, dried, battered, fried, & ate.
I can do that.
Our okra thrived — the squirrels went after the cucumbers instead (having tasted okra I’m with the squirrels).
One day my front doorbell rang. I went to the door in my ratty chenille robe and bunny slippers. There stood Miss Texas 19oughtsomething all decked out in her purty outfit w/matching shoes. I invited her in. She daintily stepped over my threshold, looked around, got a look on her face and said:
“Hunny I caaaaaan’t (that has 3 syllables btw) stay loooooonnnnng but tha ladies and I have (have has 2 syllables in this drawl…keep up please) been discussin’ ya’ll’s okra and tha ladies thought I should be tha one ta tell ya hunny. Okra is s’posed ta be picked when it’s smalllllll, not when it’s tha size of a cucumbah.”
Then she had the audacity to grin at me, tell me she had to run and out the door she went leaving me standing there pretty much with okra on my face.
Crap – and here I thought I was growing the best and largest okra in the neighborhood and I would win a garden prize.
From that day….I have detested okra. Oh yeah, I finally tasted it. What a waste…right up there with brussel sprouts. Future topic for my meeting in heaven… “What Was Jesus Thinking?” Yeah… add okra to the list. Blechhhhh….sigh