Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Gravy Lesson with Grandmother

It was thirteen years ago this month, but it does seem like yesterday.

It was pre-kids, pre-homeowners, and even pre-Alaska.

We were driving on our way to our new military assignment – Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage, AK.

We weren’t even supposed to be in the military anymore!

We had been separated when I was evacuated from Clark Air Base in the Philippines from the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo; and Wade had to stay behind to help close down the base. In fact, he was only going to have 2 months left of his enlistment when he got back to the states – and we had already decided that he would get out.

Or, so I thought.

I got a phone call one day – man, we had huge phone bills during that six months. I wish we had the low rates back then that you can get now.

Anyway, he was all excited. They all had to get new orders or whatever – I forget how the process went – but in any event, Wade was before someone who said, “So, where would you like to go?” with pen and blank orders in hand.

That’s right – no dream list. No waiting to find out where you’d be going.

So, Wade did the unthinkable!! He said, “I’d like to re-enlist and go to Anchorage, AK.”

“Okay,” the guy said; and within 15 minutes, Wade had typed copies of all his orders.

And he was calling me to tell me the great news.

“YOU WHAT?” I’m sure I screamed it so loud that he didn’t need a phone to hear me in the Philippines


So, the day finally arrived when Wade and I were re-united.

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After two weeks of visiting with our families, we were on our way to Anchorage.

We had everything we owned packed in the back of the Suzuki Sidekick I had just bought – except for our Doberman that we were going to fly up when we got a place to live.

And, we decided to drive through Texas and visit my Grandparents.

It was so nice to see them, and it was the first time that they got to meet Wade. Back then, they still had a lot of land with a fishing lake, horses, cattle, and a four wheeler.

I still remember one morning my Grandmother was making biscuits and gravy for us. She did make them soooo good.

And I told her my plight.

“Grandmother,” I explained, “I have tried and tried to make biscuits and gravy; but my gravy never turns out.”

“Oh?” she commented

“It either tastes like flour, or it doesn’t thicken, or it’s lumpy
.”

“Well,” she said, “let me just show you how to do it
”

I did try to watch intently – I thought I had it down. It just looked so easy and so perfect when she did it.

But it wasn’t until several months later that we were even settled in a place that I could even attempt. And by then, I wished I had a video – or at least photos – or just exactly what she had done.

My gravy was awful. But I was too proud to let anyone know! And, I didn’t want my grandmother to know that I still couldn’t do what she considered to be the easiest thing to make!

So, I struggled on my own for years. Learning a trick to solve one problem, taking more time to figure out another.

It may have taken me longer than most – but I doubt that you will ever find someone more determined than I am!!!

But the one thing I did learn from the experience was the value of having photos or something later to use and refer back to – because you never remember as much as you think you do when you just watch someone cook something.

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exactly what it’s supposed to look like. It’s fool proof!

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It will be a holiday of building memories and bonds that will last a lifetime.

Sincerely,
Laura Bankston

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Laura Bankston is author of Internationally selling Cooking with Kids Curriculum: Homeschool Cooking in a Box and the Homeschool Cookbook. She currently home schools her three children, maintains home school support websites, and manages their family-owned service business. For information on her curriculum and free home school support services, please visit http://www.homeschoolcookbook.com

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