Hart Ford
Hart Ford

Souper Bowl

I woke up and shot out of bed like a circus flyer being shot out of a canon. We went to Saturday night, so today is “Souper-Bowl Sunday.” Not associated with the “Super Bowl” football extravaganza that I watched last weekend and every year since the first “Super Bowl.”

Every Sunday in the winter, I get up early, put on the coffee, and make a batch of homemade soup! Soup is one of the original comfort foods. It is also medicinal; studies have shown that chicken soup helps with cold symptoms. It may be from the antibiotics in the chicken feed, but whatever it is, it works.

Today, I will make ham & multi-bean soup. I labored in the kitchen for an hour, slicing and dicing, measuring, and tasting. It was finally ready, and all poured into the crock pot to simmer all day.

I sat down in my comfy chair pondering who invented soup and drifted off to deep sleep.” Time Travel!” I once again found myself again transported back in time, standing near a cave during the caveman days. Of course, I was invisible! No human or creature could detect me. It’s the effect of a time warp created out of the frequency& vibration that occurs when I snore. I saw my old friends Ugg & Ogg standing by their campfire. I have visited them on past “Time Travel” trips.

On the fire was a curved bowl-like rock with what looked like some meat and vegetables. It began to rain, and Ugg & Ogg ran into their cave. It indeed was a downpour, but I did not get wet, of course. After a while, Ugg & Ogg appeared outside their cave and walked to the fire, which curiously did not get extinguished by the rain. The large bowl kept the rain off the fire. Ugg looked at Ogg with a disapproving gaze, Ogg had left the food out, and the rock bowl had filled up with water from the rain. Ogg picked up the rock bowl with Ogg gloves, brought it to his lips, and drank. He became very excited and handed it to Ugg, who did the same; he loved it too. Yes, soup was invented.

I felt my shoulder shaking, and back from my time excursion, I came faster than the DeLorean from the movie “Back To The Future.” I was abruptly awake. “What is it?” I asked my wife, who woke me up. “Next time you make soup in the crock pot, don’t forget to plug it in, genius.” It is great to have my intelligence held in such esteem. My daughter often called me “Genius” for the many things that I would say or do as she was growing up. She even made me a t-shirt that said, “My Dad Is A Genius!”

“Remember, every day is a gift! Some are just a little more fun to open than others. – © Joel M. Vernier 02/12/2023 Author of: “The Guinea Pig In The Freezer.” joelmvernier@aol.com

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