Redheaded Pigs

by Sherry Riter in Memory,Mom

I’m different in many ways, so this one might gross you out. Pretend that you are on an airplane and reach for that little vomit bag if you have a weak stomach.

I love sandwiches, but often they just don’t have enough interesting things on them that crunch. So I add water chestnuts, cucumbers, celery, lettuce, carrots and sometimes even chips.

The crunchy chip crunch is what I did today. I added many layers of smoked turkey on fresh multiple grain bread with a layer of hot and spicy chips with cheese.

Each bite definitely had a crunch.

I wrapped the whole sandwich in a napkin as a memory of my mother flashed through my mind.

Mom made my lunch when I was young and I happily went off to school each morning with a bag full of her love. Not often, but every once in a while I would get to the end of a sandwich only to discover mold on the bread.

I was always so grossed out!

Obviously, it didn’t kill me nor did I ever get sick, but it left an indelible memory which I find quite funny now.

Some things don’t change.

Mom makes her husband’s lunch each day and recently he enjoyed the same moldy bread lunch event that I did so many years ago. It didn’t phase him in the least.

After Mom shared her mortifying experience and hung up, I couldn’t help but laugh. She really is just so cute and such a good person. Obviously, I love her dearly and the silliness we have experienced over the years are some of my fondest memories.

Anyway, my sandwich today was void of all mold and I didn’t miss it.

For the first time in weeks, I was actually hungry and in my usual fashion, I was inhaling my meal with minimal chewing required.

Eventually I got to the point where I needed to peel back the napkin so that I could eat the rest of the sandwich.

There it was…gaping. It laughed at me and said, “So you are so afraid to eat mold, but you munch down on napkins just fine.”

Yes, I had eaten part of my napkin and was completely oblivious to not only biting it, but also chewing and swallowing it. On second thought, I wonder if I did chew it.

I apparently get my fiber one way or the other.

Does wood fiber count?


The Redhead Riter


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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Jessica October 23, 2010 at 11:51 pm

I am so glad to hear that you are getting your appetite back! Even if it is so much so that you are eating your napkin as well!

I don't find it odd at all that you put chips on your sandwiches. My husband often does the same thing and I always steal a bit of his!!!


2 The Zany Housewife October 24, 2010 at 12:13 am

I'm starving. That sandwich looks fantastic. I'd even munch the napkin at this point. I've never tried spicy chips, I usually go for some kind of potato chip. Hmm…I'll have to give this a try.

Thanks for making me smile today Red. 🙂


3 poet October 24, 2010 at 1:32 am

chips, as in potato chips? what a grand idea. salt and crunch. yes thank you for that, now it seems i need a sandwich. (although it is too late to indulge) i remember travelling with my parents to florida, and stopping to eat here and there, and the waitress always had chips as a side. (bag chips not french fries). glad to read you are getting your appetite back. take care~


4 Paula October 24, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Fiber is fiber ;-))) I am glad that you have appetite again.


5 Teresha@Marlie and Me October 24, 2010 at 2:32 pm

LOL! that is a…LOL! honest mistake…LOL! That sandwich must have been heavenly. 🙂


6 Small Footprints October 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm

OMGoodness … that was incredibly funny! I'm a food gobbler, too … maybe I'll slow down and be aware of what's actually going down.

Thanks for the giggles!


7 wenstumped October 24, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Hahahaha! That was funny but I think moldy bread is still way better than finding half a worm in your baked potato. No prizes for guessing where the other half was!!!


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