Friday, May 30, 2008

You Can't Eat Pasta Fagioli with a Copper Fork, Or Can You?

Have you ever eaten a salad with a fork made of copper wire?
 My Dad Has.
 In his Adkins Diet Days, my mom regularly sent him to work with a salad and some tuna fish. One day, however, he forgot to bring a fork, so he crafted one with some copper wire, and a pair of pliers. That was over thirty years ago, but we still have that fork. I think it's a good reminder of what we're really capable of  in a pinch, and how, no matter what your  resources, there's always a way to make do; There's always enough.
The deeper you reach your copper fork into the basket, the greater your potential to produce more loaves and fishes.

After all, the ability to make do is often born of necessity. 
 Exhibit A: Pasta Fagioli (FAH-zool)
A delicious Bean and pasta soup, rich with thick broth and roughly cut vegetables?
 an inexpensive protein rich meal  birthed of the Great Depression?

There isn't an Italian grandmother alive who can't expand a pot of pastina  with a few extra eggs and some additional broth to accommodate a station wagon full of  grand kids dropped off at a moments notice. As  my own Grandma Jo- Jo would say, 
"There's Plendy for all. Plendy, Plendy."

But you don't have to be an incredibly resourceful father of seven with a copper fork in hand, or have lived through The Great Depression  subsisting  on Pasta Fagioli and pastina to know how to make do.  It's innate in each one of us, whether we're backed into a corner, or we just want to know how many bowls of rice our $100 donation will provide.

The deeper we dig, the more likely we are to reach water.
The deeper we dig, the more likely we are to find a valuable artifact.
And that artifact might be you.

Are You willing to Dig? 
Home Depot is having a sale on shovels.

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