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Prompted By Acquired Tastes

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Washed Apple

My father was a wonderful guy and I’ve shared many loving memories of him.  (See My Father, the Outsider Artist,  My Dad and the Word Processor, Saying Farewell to a Special Guy,  and Six Pack)

But he did have some strange food-related tastes and habits.   Apples were his favorite fruit,  and when my mother offered to bring him a snack he’d often ask for a “washed apple”.  Did he think she would bring him a dirty one?

And he had a rather uncouth way of eating an apple –  he’d bite into it,  chew,  and then somehow spit out just the skin!   I have no idea how he did that,  but I wonder – if he didn’t like the skin,  why didn’t he ask my mom for a “peeled apple”?

I also love apples and unlike my dad,  I eat them skin and all,  altho I do have my own idiosyncrasy –  I  must core and slice the fruit before I eat it!

But there is another of my father’s idiosyncratic tastes that I have acquired.  It was his habit of cracking chicken bones with his teeth and sucking out the marrow.

I refrain from doing it in public,  or when dinner guests are at the table,  but alone with family,  and despite their avowed disgust,  I happily chomp away!


– Dana Susan Lehrman

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This retired librarian loves big city bustle and cozy country weekends, friends and family, good books and theatre, movies and jazz, travel, tennis, Yankee baseball, and writing about life as she sees it on her blog World Thru Brown Eyes!

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  1. Khati Hendry says:

    I’m a fan of allowing just about anything in one’s home, though knowing the rules for eating elsewhere is still a good idea. Re: apples—the handy slicer/corer tool works great if you don’t have one.

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