Monday, January 7, 2013
I believe my meatloaf is obituary-worthy. Really.
As you know, I love reading obituaries. I scan them to find interesting characters, funny tales or bits and pieces of the shared lives of those departed. There is just something about those tiny memorials--words trying to encompass a lifetime and honor those we lost. I love reading what someone else thought was important to say about the deceased. Most times they are sorta boring, but then you hit one that makes you smile--I just wait for those.
Yesterday, I found quite a large obituary--Kathleen White Coult had nearly a quarter of a page of writing about her life and times. Sure she was an interesting and accomplished lady, but I couldn't get past her potato salad--apparently it was the best ever. Don't you love that? That's what they remember about 'ol Kathleen....her potato salad? Damn, that must have been some potato salad, eh?
Now, I am not a cook, by any means. For the most part, Joe does our everyday cooking around here. I am a) not interested in cooking and b) not a very good cook, so while I like to cut the grass, Joe likes to do the cooking. We are not about "girl" jobs and "boy" jobs here at the Kautz house--we believe in equal opportunity chores....so Joe makes dinner every night. It works for us.
That said, I like to make a nice Sunday dinner every so often and my specialty is meatloaf. There is just something about meatloaf and potatoes that sets the world back on its axis. It's a family meal. It's soul food. It's hearty and wintery and oh, so good. Unless you ask my kids. They hate it. BUT....if you ask anyone else, I make the best meatloaf....ever.
So, I'm wondering if Kathleen was sorta like that about her potato salad? Did everyone really like it? Did her son complain about her making that for every 4th of July picnic? And did he roll his eyes and think to himself "Aw, crap. There she goes with that damn potato salad again!"? Did she just announce to everyone (like I do with my meatloaf) that it is the BEST ever? Hmmmm....
After reading about Kathleen's potato salad, I made an announcement today that someone has to list my meatloaf in my obituary. I mean, I just think I deserve that honor. I dream of the day, after I'm dead, that my kids will be making their kids eat meatloaf and these words are gonna come out of their mouths...."My mom made the best meatloaf...."
I believe you, Kathleen. And I wanna know how you got them to write that in your obituary.