My granddaughters stayed later than usual last night, so their parents could have a "date night". On these occasions, I fix their supper. It's always something simple, since Cliff's at work. I had planned to fix one of their favorite meals, Campbells tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Unfortunately I found myself out of tomato soup, just before time to eat. They'd have done fine with grilled cheese alone, no problem with that; and that's what they'd have gotten, except that a conversation from back around 1963 came to mind.
I was nineteen years old, listening to a couple of co-workers at National Bellas Hess talking. One lady had just gotten charge of three step-children, and was finding it hard to go home and cook a full meal for hungry children after working hard all day at our minimum-wage job. The other lady asked her if she'd ever fixed hamburger and beans. "No," she replied. "How do I make that?"
So she got her instructions: brown some hamburger, then add a can or two of pork-and-beans(or however many, depending on how much hamburger you have) and heat it up.
I remember the lady with the step-kids telling us, the next day, "Those kids ate and ate and ate!"
I lived alone in an apartment, and tried this for myself soon afterward. Not bad, although I added a little ketchup and brown sugar. I made it for my kids, years later, when pressed for something easy and quick. And as my old co-worker had said, "... they ate and ate and ate."
As luck would have it last night, I had about a half-pound of thawed ground pork in the refrigerator; so I browned it and added the beans.
Yep, in legendary fashion, the girls ate and ate and... well, you get the picture. A memory from my past provided supper last night. And I don't even remember the lady's name who first shared the recipe.
Now on a different subject: for those of you who saw, and enjoyed, "Walk The Line", if you'd like to have some of the gaps in the story cleared up, as I did, read "Cash", the autobiography, co-written with Patrick Carr. It's well-done, and answers many of the questions the movie left me asking.