Eat Your Vegetables

My parents did everything they could to teach me the importance of eating vegetables. I can remember the urging, and I remember as well my fighting back. Vegetables just didn’t look good. Two of the most despicable vegetables, in my opinion, were spinach and okra. Spinach looked like cooked grass, and okra had a strange smell and an oily appearance that had me sitting at the dinner table interminably when the decree had been made that I couldn’t leave the table until I finished my vegetables. Recently, President Obama got into trouble when he asserted that broccoli is his favorite vegetable. He defended it by reminding people that, when he was younger, some vegetables were cooked until they bore no resemblance to how they started. I totally agree. My parents must have used the same cook book. Stewed okra and stewed spinach were worthy of disgust. I too would proudly say that broccoli is now one of my favorite vegetables as are spinach and fried okra. I also have learned to eat green beans, something I now add frequently to a meat dish. I’m glad someone wised me up regarding the attractive and tasty ways of adding vegetables to a meal.


About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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