Tuesday Writing Essential 10.1.2013 – The Ordinary Girl’s Once Upon A Time Tale
Once upon a time there was a very ordinary girl who went to a very ordinary college, or so she thought. She may have been ordinary but her college was not. They served lunches in a cafeteria and these lunches were made by the students of the Home Economics class. Rural students could have a three course sit down dinner for only a shilling.
(OK the shilling is a giveaway, so for sake of the story the conversion is likely 10 cents in the money of the time way back in 1950.)
The ordinary girl’s parents knew what a long day it was for children who travelled many miles by bus to get to college. Early morning starts and late evenings when they arrived home. So good food was essential, the parents decided and struggled to find the money to cover the mid-day meals the college provided.
The ordinary girl attended classes in the writing of shorthand and another on how to type on the heavy Imperial Typewriters. Her sister attended classes on how to make pies and cakes and the favourite pie for both sisters was pumpkin pie for desert in the college meals.
The years went by and the ordinary girl, who had no desire to cook at college, got married and learned to cook in the college of her own kitchen. Each fall she made pumpkin soup for her children and her husband until one day she recalled the pumpkin pies she had enjoyed so much in college. She searched and found a wonderful recipe. She combined it with her own homemade caramel ice-cream and served them to her own little family. And the ordinary girl had turned into an extra-ordinary and well-loved wife and mother.
And they all lived happily ever after and every fall they had pumpkin pie and homemade caramel ice-cream.
Benita H. Kape © 10.1.2013