I giggled when I read the food-related comments to yesterday’s drive-in movie post. My younger sister’s memory of taking our own popcorn and ice water to “a show”–a very rare occurrence–was followed immediately by Randy Stafford’s recall of finally having money for a ham sandwich at the concession booth.
Spare cash was hard to come by for a lot of southern Iowa families in those days. At the time, it could leave a kid feeling different from and less than. But 50 years later, I’m realizing that learning to make spending choices early is a remarkable gift that guides our decisions and thus defines our lives.
I still pick up the sidewalk penny with a smile and a wish.
But, back to the cheap eats. Thanks to our plan-ahead, kitchen-savvy moms and aunts and grandmothers, limited resources never meant a lack of refreshments.
Marilyn Snook Walker reminded me a few months ago of the cinnamon rolls and chocolate milk my mother packed for our annual excursion to the Iowa State Fair. Jonathan apples were ever present when our family made road trips of more than a few miles. Mom told me, just last week, how she and my dad, as newlyweds, would buy a red-waxed circle of colby cheese in Corydon each Saturday, then break off bites during the drive back to the farm. And if you’d like to stop by later, I will share with you the recipe my sister Marilyn and I perfected over many summers for frosting-filled graham crackers. [Just don’t use the blue food coloring.;-) ]
Curious…what penny-wise snack was part of your growing up years?