Tuesday, August 04, 2009

The Curious Case of Puttin' Up Peas

Y'all, there are stories that are so funny, so crazy, so good that no one in their right mind could conceive it to be true. This is why we have Snopes.

But then there are stories so perfect that even Mark Twain himself could not have made it up.

This is one of those stories.

My sweet friend whom I shall not name for her sake emailed me the story below. I asked her permission to blog it. She gave me the go ahead and said I could embellish as desired.

No need. This is Gold.

So, I will tell it to you as she told it to me.

Yesterday, while Mom, the kids and I were driving across Louisiana and Mississippi, Dad decided he would put up some peas.

He shelled what ended up amounting to 12 quarts of pink-eyed purple hulls. He is left-handed, and his thumb got so tired and sore that he finished the chore using his right thumb, which he said was very interesting/difficult.

Mom had suggested that his best friend William give him pointers for putting up the peas, so William came over to the house to help. They filled the largest pot with water, brought it to a boil, added the peas and put a top on the pot.

The lid fit onto the pot fine when they set it on, but apparently it was not the lid meant for that pot and when it heated up, it swelled enough so that it would no longer come off.

Dad and William are not stupid, so they removed the pot from the stove, iced the lid and waited. They still could not pull it off.

Since, I (sadly) do not have a video, (I could have won $10,000) I cannot adequately describe what happened next, but I will just tell you that they eventually removed the lid with a CROWBAR. I did notice that the crowbar was leaning up against the back door when we arrived today, but didn't ask why.

My brother told me this story. Dad had told me that he had put up peas yesterday and about shelling them, but I guess he was embarrassed to admit the last part.

I understand why he didn't tell Mom; I'm now waiting for her to say, "How did this dent get in my pot lid?"

My guess is that no one will answer that question.

I agree, friend.

I agree.


Heckety said...

Oh brilliant!

Hillary @ The Other Mama said...

So funny!! Nothing wrong with 2 men fighting with a pot via a crow bar. I think there is a country song in there somewhere...

Kimberly said...

Ha, that's funny!

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