Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Why Do You Eat What You Eat?
I love Fig Newtons. I never over eat them but I enjoy them from time to time. Once when I was eating one I started thinking about Daddy. He loved Fig Newtons too. It was no big thing. Just a casual cookie. Whenever I eat one now, I think of him. Good thoughts.
One of my Grandmothers loved corn, the kind you pick from your own garden, cut it off the cob, cook it and have it for lunch. Along with fresh tomatoes. I did NOT like it but I knew she really did. I was actually thinking, "How could anybody eat that?" But now? Oh boy, I love it...and it always reminds me of her. For another Grandmother it was asaragus casserole and apricot cake that I cannot eat to this day without conjuring all sorts of memories of Sunday dinners.
What got me thinking about this was those cinnamon buns the other day. Just looking at the picture I thought of a favorite aunt who loved pecan twirls. She turned me onto them. You know the ones. There are six in a package, they are small, and always soft and moist and great with your morning coffee. I haven't had one in years! But somewhere back in my past I have been known to eat lots of them...at once. It's a bond I have with her.
Most things I eat today are generic. By that I mean they hold no special significance. I just like them or they are healthy, or both. But aren't our associations interesting? Whether it is food or a particular experience, we are heavily impacted by those we love.....especially those we have loved and lost.
We remember that with which we make an emotional connection. We learn that way too. Ministers and teachers are masters at evoking emotion so we will feel and remember. And so are cookies and corn. Just food for thought.
Tell me why you eat what you eat. I'd love to hear.