3.09.2013

how to feed my inner child

Take some hot dogs, cut them small,
and brown them in a cast-iron skillet.
Add a can of baked beans.
Meanwhile, make some Kraft mac & cheese.
(The kind with elbows you have to boil,
not the shells & Velveeta kind.)
Mix it all together
and serve it up without comment,
in a bowl, with ketchup on the side.
Sit with me at the dining-room table.
As you eat your meatloaf,
please tell me about your day
and listen when I tell you about mine.

Grace asked the Real Toads to use food imagery in a poem.

22 comments:

  1. I like the warmth of sharing/ eating food together ~ And I haven't eaten hot dogs and baked beans for a long time ~ This certainly stirred up my memories ~

    Thanks for participating in Sunday's Challenge, dear ~ Happy Weekend ~

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  2. Oh weiners and beans, the staple food of my childhood, till my sister came along and preferred chicken noodle soup. I love the homey sound of this comforting meal!

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  3. Then, feed me ice cream for dessert!

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  4. You are killing me! :) I like the idea of a cast iron skillet, though - my mom still uses the same one I remember from childhood - it has got to be over 50 years old (she had it before I was born).

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  5. These says so much about home-coming to me.

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  6. laughing -- I see why you call it "runawaysentence". The meal sounds fun (albeit a bit unhealthy)!

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  7. Sweet, delicate moment, Marian. I like the memory, mixed "all together". Unlike the other moment, shared in excerpt, daunting and cold. Wonderful pieces.

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  8. Love the title and the food that feeds her. We shouldn't always eat this way, but comfort and conversation make for a much better day. :)

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  9. Perhaps I will stop at a Subway or something on my way over, as I am not a fan of this fare; but the company would be fun!

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  10. My inner child can certainly remember meals just like this! I wish I could send her to visit you.
    K

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  11. Love the title and the sentiment. :)

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  12. While they eat, she breathes. Then, finally space to listen, space to talk. Nicely spaced!

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  13. Kids are not hard to please are they? Especially when what they want most is just to be with you. Love how you captured this. Perfect.

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  14. Comfort food to satiate the inner child, while sharing those precious moments of togetherness- such a perfect scene, and a perfect last meal after a long, hard day :)

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  15. A very sharp use of food as symbol, marian, and about as healthy as our inner child usually gets. ;_)The end is perfect, too. No one needs listening more than the child inside.

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  16. thanks, friends. i surely do not eat like this now!
    and now i try to be present for my kids at dinnertime as well, no matter what we are eating. :)

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  17. The end, yes!! The moist important part of the meal is the presence and the sharing of words....true meat. ♥

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    1. *most!! Ha ha! Most important...I must have been thinking about how meatloaf is typically the opposite of moist. ;)

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    2. hah! the moist important part is, hmmmm. the ketchup?

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