Monday, January 2, 2012
New Year's and Black-Eyed Peas
"Yes, you do. Have you been sick this past year?" asked Mom.
"Ummmm, nope," I replied. "But, I'm sure that eating black-eyed peas last year had nothing to with it," I thought." I started to ask, "Are you trying to brainwash or use child psychology on me?" then I thought better of it.
Daddy then said, "Eating black-eyed peas is a time honored tradition on New Year's Day. It will bring you good luck. Eat your greens, too. They will bring you money," he continued.
Looking at Daddy with my mouth agape, I said, "You know what, Daddy? Oh, never mind."
"Go ahead and start eating," Mom commanded.
"May I have some more stewed tomatoes to cover the peas up, please?" I then thought, "They are staring at me, and they taste nasty, too."
"Yes, you can," Mom said.
Months later while searching through my wallet, I realized that the wrapped peas were still hidden deep within one of my wallet's hideaways. Suddenly reflecting, I thought that particular year was going amazingly well for me. However, I may have been "brainwashed" into thinking that it was the effects of the black-eyed peas.
So, as time marched on and mentally stuck in the time honored tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day; I had resolved to eat only twelve peas - one for each month of the year - covered with lots of stewed tomatoes. Actually, I thought this would be a fair compromise as opposed to trying eat an entire bowl full of peas that seemed to be staring at me. Well, I may have to admit that Mom's child psychology from yesteryear may be finally working on me.
Until next week....Keep praising His name!
and Happy New Year!
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