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Date:11/26/2014 1:52:31 AM
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The Farmwife on Listening to Your Edlers, Part III
During those ‘classes’, I was taught about a way of life that stemmed from poverty, simplicity and old adages that were more than cliché’s, they were a matter of survival – ‘Use it up, wear it out, make it last or do without’. There were times when I was admonished for buying something that I could have just as easily made for much less money. And I was gently guided on all things farm related – milking a cow, making cheese, cooking from scratch, hoeing a garden and even the best way to wring a chicken’s neck. Now, if that chicken was a tough old rooster, I was even given instructions on how to boil the…uh…Yipes out of it and use it in dumplings. And only once was I worried about being in the wrong classroom - when one of the ladies said she had to go home and do some ‘choking and rolling’. I was concerned that the woman was about to go home and take her frustrations out on her husband. Once Mrs. Dot quit laughing at the look on my face, she told me not to worry, but that the lady was just going home to make biscuits. When my look of horror turn to confusion, Mrs. Dot got that scary look in her eye and said, “Heavens to Betsy, child. Don’t tell us you use a rolling pin on your biscuits!” Um, well, not any more. I assure you.

I may know more about caring for my farm now than I did when we first moved here, but I also know that I will never stop learning something new every day. Because of that, I continually put into practice that same saying that I hated as a child. I really do listen to what my elders have to say, and more times than not, I will turn around and put those words of wisdom into practice. And who knows? One day soon I may even have Tom Puckett at my dinner table. After all, I finally learned that Tom is a ‘what’, and not a ‘who’ – it’s a brown gravy made from the pan drippings.
Catheads anyone? Tom Puckett will be coming and I think the two will be great dinner companions!
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