Cooking the Family Stew – A Recipe for the Good Life
Submitted by Jack Levine
– In one large pot mix together and simmer assorted sizes, shapes, and temperaments of parents.
– Add children gradually with ample helpings of care and love of brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and of course grandparents.
– Stir vigorously with friends, teachers, coaches and neighbors from all cultures, races, and faiths.
– Sprinkle in faith, dreams, encouragement, patience, honesty, pride and the virtues of hard work and the spirit of charitable sharing.
– Mix in pets, garden plants and a huge helping of the great outdoors
– Don’t forget some joy, silliness, kisses and hugs, patience, angels, gremlins and the nuts and bolts of creative adventure.
– Add a large scoop of luck and an abundance of energy. Keep blending constantly with the arts, sports, and travel.
– If the stew becomes too thick after 15 years or so lower the heat as coping with the teen years need consistency and gentle control.
– Bring to a boil then simmer for 20-25 or more years over a moderate flame. Keep stirring and test taste for the right seasoning and robust flavor.
– All stews are original and need generous amounts of imagination, fortitude, and tolerance to keep from burning.
The magic of this delicious stew is that even after 50 years the aroma still lingers and the pot never empties, although the flavor may vary depending on life’s ups and downs, twists, and turns.
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