pandemo (pandemo) wrote,

Heavens to Mergratroid! It's GREEN!

John Grogan's Marley and Me contains a reference to something I can really relate to. He's describing a new house, whose color combinations are all green. On page 7-8, he writes: The carpet, which they had just purchased to help sell the house, was green. Not a cheery kelly green or a cool emerald green or even a daring lime green but a puke-your-guts-out-after-split-pea-soup green accented with khaki trim.

My family has a "split pea soup" story, too. Although he doesn't tell his, from his description, I get the feeling he and I agree exactly about the benefits of eating split pea soup.

I should probably consult with mom on this. I was pretty young at the time, but Dad made a rule: eat what you are served. Implied was, "enjoy it; don't complain".

I do not like split pea soup. I seriously dislike it. I therefore did not eat it, one supper. Dad's rule was in effect, so Mom was not free to jump up and provide something else. (Watching Mom, or Dad's mom, for that matter, eat supper was enough to make the uninitiated dizzy. Both women were constantly up and down, getting more things to put on the table, no matter who made what request, or how unrealistic/unnecessary it was. I can never remember EITHER of them making any murmur about providing more. Even when we kids were plenty old enough to get things for ourselves, it was always MOM who jumped up and did.)

Dad announced that the next thing I ate would be that split pea soup. That night, or maybe the next day, he announced that he would not have a daughter more stubborn than he was. After three days, he relented.

I don't think I was being stubborn. I did not consider split pea soup edible, even if it did have a chunk of ham in it. As an adult, I CAN now eat garden fresh peas, uncooked, in salads. Sometimes in soup that has whole peas, like vegetable soup, I can eat an occasional pea, but not the lima beans, and definitely not a spoonful with both peas and lima beans in it. At a foreign festival, I liked the Brazilian rice dish that had an occasional pea in it, especially when coated with some of the different sauces provided.

Chile con carne has a good-tasting sauce, but the beans are carefully sucked clean and redeposited on the plate/bowl...

Now, green beans and bean sprouts are totally fine.

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