Monday, October 10, 2011

Corn Bread

There is a line in Lonesome Dove where Gus tries to explain to Lorie that the only way to get through life is enjoy the small things in life. "Lorie darlin', life in San Francisco, you see, is still just life. If you want any one thing too badly, it's likely to turn out to be a disappointment. The only healthy way to live life is to learn to like all the little everyday things, like a sip of good whiskey in the evening, a soft bed, a glass of buttermilk, or a feisty gentleman like myself." I find that Gus and I share this perspective on life, and to my mind if more people could find a little joy in life's small offerings we might all be better off.

Cool weather and fine misting rain, are announcing the arrival of fall tonight. The rain is the kind of rain that sits light in the air and covers the ground in a soaking dampness. It's the kind of rain that soaks cool season grass seed giving them green life, and not a trip to the river. On an early fall night like tonight, a simple beef stew, a piece of corn bread, and a cup of cider can change your out look on life in a hurry. Its not only the hearty warmth of the stew, and the butter grit of the corn bread that set a person's mind at ease. It's also the satisfaction gained in the cooking that makes the taste so exquisite. Perhaps, the finest moment of the whole process is the corn bread falling softly out of the pan and on to the cooling rack. The sweet smell fills the kitchen in only seconds and the mere sight of the perfect yellow loaf, lets you know that your efforts resulted in something a little special.  In the words of Dave Matthews "Its a little bit of heaven and a little bit of hell yea."

In the post I quoted Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry which if you haven't read your life is not complete.
I also quoted the Dave Matthews song "corn bread." Its a pretty good song.     

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