As published in the White River Current - Thursday June 19, 2014
“In the good old summertime, In the good old summertime, Strolling down the shady lane, etc.” My goodness! What happened to spring? Only two more days until the longest day of the year, then it’s downhill from there to the cold days of December. I like summertime. I’ve been cleaning out and defrosting the freezer, getting ready for the sweet corn then the fresh peaches. When we lived in the house where we raised our two children, we had a large garden with several rows of sweet corn. My cousin and neighbor, William Reed, gardened with me and raised the squash, eggplant, tomatoes and other veggies. Oh, we ate good. There’s nothing better than fresh vegetables straight from the garden. We don’t garden anymore. When we first moved back from Missouri, we set out a few tomato plants but we’ve given that up. My planting and tilling days are over. However, I might be able to help in the harvest if any of you need some extra assistance. Just give me a call. Now, we aren’t starving and won’t be as long as we can scrape up a few bucks to purchase some fresh produce. Plus, I have discovered some ways to get a free meal now and then. The pickers and grinners that meet at the community room every other Friday night is a good choice. Take along a dish to share potluck with those friendly folks and stay for some good music and singing. Our church has a men’s breakfast the first Saturday and a potluck dinner after church every third Sunday. Come on by, you’re invited. Or join the hospital auxiliary, 20/20 group, chamber of commerce or any of the other service organizations. They usually have some tasty refreshments after their meetings. I really like the potluck meals. That’s when the ladies prepare their best dishes and we all eat too much and suffer the rest of the day. Now there are certain churches that I won’t mention that prefer to call these meals “carry-in dishes.” They are the same group that let their preachers sleep in the parsonage instead of the manse like the rest of us. Maybe that sounds a little more sophisticated or something. Now, simmer down, I’m only joking. By the way, I’m working on a new plan. I have noticed that almost every Sunday, there is a gathering of folks at the park pavilion, probably a family reunion. Now if you drive by real slow on your way home from church, you can tell if they are eating. If they are, stop and saunter over and strike up a conversation with some of the folks. I figure if you play your cards right, someone will invite you to stay and enjoy the meal with them. After your second or third time you will have gotten the hang of this and developed your own technique and it’s good eating from there on. Don’t feel bad about doing this because there are always a lot of leftovers will be tossed into the trash cans where stray dogs or raccoons will get into and cause a big mess and then you will really feel bad because you could have help prevent it. Also it helps to keep a mental image of all the hungry people in Africa and other parts of the world and that will lessen any feeling of guilt that you might have. Now that’s the plan I am considering. What do you think of it? Will it work? I’ll keep you posted. Years ago several church couples met at the Wingard’s forest home on Friday nights during the summer. We would share potluck and the kids would swim in their pool. These were great times. Jim and Lorene were both real characters. I hope to write more about them in a later column. We also were members with five or six other couples that formed a sort of supper club that took turns hosting the group in their individual homes, meeting on a regular basis, maybe Saturday nights (I forget exactly). In the latter of these groups, the hosts would cook and furnish the main dish with the others bringing along a dessert or such. We don’t do those things anymore, too tied up with TV sports or Fox News, probably, so we just eat a bowl of Post Toasties, kick back in the lounge chair and nod off until time to get up and go to bed. That’s a typical evening at the Perryman house. I hope you have a great summer and maybe I’ll see you at the park next Sunday after church and we can enjoy some good eating.