Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Welcome Spring

Not too long ago I joined the Scintilla Project, but have been a poor participant.   I was supposed to begin on the 13th, but here I am just beginning on the 19th.  I think it is a great project and a great way to get to know each other.  So, I am beginning a little late, but here is the question for the 20th.  

Many of our fondest memories are associated with food. Describe a memorable experience that took place while preparing or eating food. 

This one is very simple for me. My favorite memorable experience with food has to do with my grandparents, specifically my grandmother.  When I was growing up I was a lonely child. My parents led lives that rarely included me, and on weekends I was always shipped of to my grandparents home, the one true joy of my childhood. It was there that I  felt loved and wanted. My grandparents always went all out to do things for me that my parents never had time to do. I remember every Saturday morning driving into town with my granddad.  He always gave me one dollar which I spent on cutouts.  My grandmother always made sure my favorite foods were in stock.

One of the highlights of my visit was spending Saturday evening with my grandmother in front of the old black and white television. A certain time was always set for snacks, and unlike other children my age who went for candies and cookies, my favorite treat was Campbell's Bean and Bacon soup and a glass of coca cola. Oh my, what joy for a little girl who who was longing for love.

Just before I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, I found that soup in the store and purchased a few cans.  On a Saturday evening when hubby was at his sisters, I sat before the television, soup in hand and a glass of cola beside me, and you know what?  The soup still tasted the same, unlike other favorite foods of childhood that seem to change as we grow older...and for a little while, that Saturday evening, I closed my eyes and relived those special days of long, long ago.

    The tiny crocus is so bold
           It peeps its head above the mould,
         Before the flowers awaken,
    To say that spring is coming, dear,
    With sunshine and that winter drear
     Will soon be overtaken.

Lizzie Lawson 

Well, it feels like we waited forever, but it has finally arrived. The blessing of spring is upon us. May the promise of this season of new beginnings fill your heart with peace and joy!


  1. Sweet memory...

    Happy Spring!

  2. Oh, I bet your grandparents loved watching you do this. It's quite amazing how much we have in common Mary. My Grandparents were the nurturing ones as well.

  3. Grilled cheese and tomato soup....Things have sure changed and not so sure they are for the better. It is so neat to be able to take a trip down memory land. How did that new bed do for you?
    Wishing you a warm and cozy day!


  4. Nice to know that some things never change!

  5. Happy Ostara and may your soups always bring you happiness.

  6. I'm glad there are a few things I can think back upon when I was in my younger years, but unfortunately for me, there is not much, but at least I'm becoming happier now.

  7. One of the things I'll always remember about you Mary is your love for Campbell's Bean and Bacon Soup, as I share that same love, lol. I actually had it last week. I remember my sisters asking me what I wanted when I grew up and I said a bathtub full of Bean and Bacon Soup, ha ha ha
    I'm glad this is one of your fondest childhood memories...another thing we share Dear Heart...and I love how you so lovingly speak of your is so good they were there for you!
    And by the way...congrats on the transit pass!!! Any time we can save money is a definite plus, eh?
    Happy Thursday Beautiful One!