Tomatoes as a clue to the meaning of life

The tomato juice extravaganza was fabulous. I learned all the secrets of the family recipe. When I was adding the salt and the sugar to the jars, I asked Grandma how she knew how much to add – whether she had tried it different ways and settled on that one. She said, “I do it that way because that’s what my mama always did.” It was fun to feel like I can also be a link in that chain. I stood at Grandma’s old sink, the one on the old porch (it’s not a porch any longer, but it used to be outside) slicing more tomatoes than I have ever sliced in my life, thinking about some of the frustrations I have been encountering lately. Using the same recipe my great-grandmother used has the same effect that the Lord’s Prayer and the Doxology and old hymns have on me . . . I stopped focusing so much on the bad stuff and started thinking about God’s faithfulness to my family through the years. It was nice to get some perspective.

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9 Comments

  1. i’m glad you had fun. hopefully i can learn all my grandfather’s recipes pretty soon. he’s given my mom the recipe for his spaghetti, but it never comes out the same. my mom is convinced he’s holding something back.

    Posted 8/2/2004 at | Permalink
  2. so, I think that one of my most fabulous adult memories has to be when I made jelly with my grandma last summer, it was something simple passed down through the generations, and I couldn’t deny that sometimes family is just wonderful.

    Posted 8/2/2004 at | Permalink
  3. That sounds so fun. I’m a bit jealous that I never did that kind of stuff with my grandparents. I did get to live with them, but after they were too old to do that kind of stuff.

    Posted 8/3/2004 at | Permalink
  4. did you make the tomato juice with your new JUICE TIGER?

    Posted 8/3/2004 at | Permalink
  5. Trey, I have no idea what you are talking about. 😆

    Posted 8/3/2004 at | Permalink
  6. Roger

    Trey juices everything now…(S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y…night!)

    Posted 8/3/2004 at | Permalink
  7. its all part of my new Garth Brooks JUICE diet… I read about it in “the paper”

    😆

    Posted 8/3/2004 at | Permalink
  8. and by “paper” trey means the farmer’s almanac

    Posted 8/3/2004 at | Permalink
  9. Roger

    I thought it was the Weekly World News…?

    Posted 8/4/2004 at | Permalink

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