Thursday, March 29, 2007

Singing Garlic

"There he got out the luncheon-basket and packed a simple meal, in which, remembering the stranger's origin and preferences, he took care to include a yard of long French bread, a sausage out of which the garlic sang, some cheese which lay down and cried, and a long-necked straw-covered flask wherein lay bottled sunshine shed and garnered on far Southern slopes."
~ from The Wind in the Willows

Oh, it is passages like this one that make it so much fun to read Kenneth Grahame's classic Wind in the Willows. Now that it is springtime, this paragraph makes you want to grab the picnic basket and eat lunch outside. Alas, it was raining here today, but we did the second best thing. We verbally described what we would like to pack in our luncheon-basket. I am afraid our food descriptions were pretty lackluster compared to Mr. Grahame's, but it was a fun exercise anyway. I discovered it is very difficult to come up with descriptions of food that are unusual; the worn-out words like juicy, mouth-watering, tangy, etc. are so hard to supersede. It is a good thing for a teacher to do the things she assigns her students. Certainly it keeps her more empathetic!

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