"Brussel Sprouts are Risky!"
Cece and the cashier had a nice conversation as she took item after item out of the cart and rang Cece up. All at once the cashier stopped in her tracks holding a plastic container of salad…”Brussel Sprouts are Risky” the woman said, “You are brave to eat them!”
Cece grew up in a family that loved to eat various food from different cultures. The food she ate was varied and mostly delicious,. After tasting something that she did not like, she was required to eat a no thank you portion of it. This consisted of about 1 tsp of the detested food! At the time, Cece thought this was torture, but in retrospect it was not that bad. Cece’s mom figured that perhaps they would learn to like that detested food.
Especially high on the detested foods list for Cece were sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts. Whenever these were served, Cece used to wrinkle her nose and contemplate how to get rid of them when her mom was not looking…but you know….her mom had eyes in the back of her head….and Cece always got the no thank you portion, none the less. Her mom hoped that one day at least someone in the family would learn to love her wonderful sweet potatoes and her cute little brussel sprouts!
As the years passed by, Cece did actually learn to love sweet potatoes and to even love those dreaded brussel sprouts…and so it came to be that one day a friend prompted her to pick up something he knew that Trader Joe”s carried. She had not been shopping there for quite some time. Off she went after work one day.
As she shopped around in the store, she found her favorite brand of goat cheese that she had not had in quite a while….then she looked at the salads. Trader Joes has really creative combination of salads…and she saw…..a cold brussel sprout salad. Hmmmm. Should she or shouldn’t she? It has peanuts and cranberries and asiago cheese and bacon….Yum! that sounded like it would take the edge off the powerful cabbegy brussel sprouts! In it went into her cart.
As Cece checked out, she started a conversation with the cashier who she could tell was from the Bronx. It turned out is was the cashier’s mom who was from the Bronx and the cashier had picked up her accent growing up! They had a nice conversation as she took item after item out of the cart and rang Cece up. All at once the cashier stopped in her tracks holding a plastic container of salad…”Brussel Sprouts are Risky” the woman said, “You are brave to eat them!” Cece said, “My thoughts exactly! I wondered if I wanted to take the risk with this salad and I decided that I would take it. “ Good Luck,” said the cashier, “Brussel Sprouts are Risky!”
Needless to say, the salad sat in the refrigerator for a few days while Cece got up her nerve! You have to be in JUST the right mood to eat COLD brussel sprouts, you know!
“Bye for Now” from The Two Whos
And P.S. The salad was delicious!
Cece-one of The Two Whos http://www.thetwowhos.com