Gabby Harnett signs a baseball for Al Capone's son. 1931.
Do you observe what my wife calls the New Year’s Day meal? Sherry always has some form of it. Black eye peas, change in your pocket, Collard Greens for greenbacks and lastly, hog jowl, for good luck. At least that is the way her mama and daddy taught it. (I know Lisa does, LOL, she said her house smelled like collards !)
Growing up I do not remember any special meal for the New Year. BUT this year I became a believer that lots of folks believe this traditional meal.
Why? I am sure, you are asking? LOL. Okay here it is. We went shopping for the required stuff New Year’s Eve. I suggested canned black eyed peas, NOT SO! They will be dried. But believe it or not there was every dried bean and pea known to man, BUT NO BLACK EYED PEAS! SOLD COMPLETELY OUT! Ok she said, I will get a can of them. Shelves are empty! No cans of black eyed peas. I looked around and sure enough I did spot a case of canned B.E. peas stored much higher than I could reach. Thomas, a local worker got them down and we left with two cans of Black eyed peas.
Like bread and milk down south when an inch of snow is predicted and the shelves empty, so must it be with the New Year’s meal. So I am a believer. WE had our meal it was delicious with corn bread. I held back a piece of cornbread to go with my milk later.
Life is good. And with the guarantee of a New Year’s meal this will be a great YEAR! 2018, 2018.... Remember that when you date your checks! LOL (do we still write checks?)