Hi, folks, Dell Hinton here. As most of you know from my first book, A Cold Snow in Castaway County, I am a simple guy who grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania. Now I live in the rural wooded area of Castaway County, Maine. I consider myself a simple man with simple desires.
Growing up on the farm, my family used to have a wonderful desert after dinner or supper called bread pudding. This desert was a traditional farm treat made from stale bread, cream, cinnamon and some raisins. That’s it. Simple, plain and oh so good. It began as a way for families to use everything they had to the fullest, including older, stale bread.
Now days, nothing frosts me more than going to fancy restaurants in urban communities and finding their ‘versions’ of bread pudding. When I see it listed on their dessert menu, each restaurant wants to make their bread pudding special. They drizzle it with chocolate or caramel, they add shredded coconut or they pour flavored liqueur over it. Anything to give standard bread pudding their special touch.
Give me a break Mr. Restauranteur! Bread Pudding is a great menu item as it is, in its natural state. Leave it alone. Stop ruining it by trying to make it special. It is a simple desert for a simple, uncomplicated person. Leave it alone and let us enjoy it as it was intended.
Another, similar issue happens every time I see some professional singer or actress singing our National Anthem for big sporting events. Many of these people work very hard to try to put their ‘special vocal style’ into the song. They sing portions unnaturally high, warble certain notes or place stress on phrases that seem unnatural. All with the objective of putting their personal stamp on the song.
Hey, songbird! It’s our national anthem. Everybody knows it the way it was written and adopted. You can’t make it any better by warbling it out like a sick cannery! Just sing it the way it was intended. Keep it simple.
Well, these are just some thoughts I have about staying simple, uncomplicated and natural. Hey, I grew up on a farm and, frankly, I like to keep things simple. Anyone agree with me on that?