Becky Holland: Clam Chowder & The Mutt

0821161323aHe won’t stop looking at me.  The canine mix that rules the house we reside in is the he that I am speaking of. He sat at attention beside my computer desk where I sat eating bowl of Campbell’s Clam Chowder.

I tried to avoid the stare down. With every bite I took, Toby inched a little bit closer to the table. He wanted the Clam Chowder. I thought if I just sat and didn’t pay him any attention he might just walk away.

Ha. I finally looked at him, and said, “No, you can’t have any chowder.”  I scooped up the last bites of the Clam Chowder while Toby pouted and whined.

Clam Chowder does present an attractive aroma – be it the mix of a cream, onions, celery, and potatoes and the dash of hot sauce – that anyone,two-legged and four-legged, would whine to have a taste for.

You wouldn’t think that those basic ingredients would be so appealing but take a pot a steaming hot clam chowder to a dinner, it will be one of the dishes to disappear first. It offers a unique flavor without a lot of other ingredients.

It may take a little in preparation – some say that it is real complicated. Others say making clam chowder isn’t that hard.

Life is a lot like a bowl of clam chowder – there are really four ingredients that make life easy. First of all, there is God. He is in charge. Second, God’s plan is pretty laid out in the Bible. Thirdly, you have choice on how you are going to live. Fourth, you live and die. There is a fifth ingredient that makes life well-balanced – the ‘dash’ – all the stuff that happens between your birth and passing.

It is pretty simple. Yet, it is.  Complications come because of us people – we tend to be the one who messes up life.

Kind of like adding something else to the clam chowder recipe that maybe doesn’t need to be added? Like oregano – that would totally take the taste that Clam Chowder is meant to have in a different way.

One should let the cook handle the Clam Chowder – just like one should let God handle your life’s journey.

Just some thoughts.. (Becky Holland/TCM Ink 2016)





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