Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Life Lessons We Can Learn From Potato Salad

My People! Betty boards a big airplane in California this afternoon and lands in Colorado tonight for my nephew's wedding on Sunday.

Jack is marrying Jill(ian)!

Really!

It should be fun!

I may be scarce around the blog-o-sphere for a few days, but I'll be back! In the meantime, Betty leaves you with these thoughts:



My opinion is we can learn a lot from food.

I have had some fairly deep conversations over the years with various dishes. Believe it or not, French fries are just as friendly and fun-loving as seem, but surprisingly, that kind-looking casserole can be a more than a little haughty. Hot dogs have an inferiority complex and believe me, they let you know about it. For hours and hours….

Salads in general are a happy bunch, but Spring Mix enjoys being with itself a little too much. Fruit Salad talks too much. Coleslaw will be there in the good times, but it falls apart the minute you challenge it.

However, there is one salad that I am particularly close to and have spent hours with. Over the years I have come to learn a lot from my friend and today I pass this knowledge on to you:



The Top Ten Life Lessons We Can Learn from Potato Salad

10. Understand your role at whatever gathering you are at. Don’t overshadow the main dish. Support it charitably and without getting unsavory in attitude. HOWEVER…

9. Be secure in the knowledge that you are more than just a “side dish.” YOU are an essential part of this great feast. It is your contribution that makes the table complete. Be proud of your gifts.

8. Don’t settle. Stir things up frequently. It keeps you looking fresh and appealing.

7. Don’t get too heated up about things. You run the risk of looking spoiled. People may feel a little queasy around you. Some will avoid you altogether.

6. Don’t be insulted if not everyone likes you. You can handle it. Everyone has different tastes and that’s OK.

5. Add spice and variety when you can. Don’t stay the same year after year. Add crunchy, fun ingredients to your life. Surprise people with your hidden, flavorful talents.

4. In life, it is necessary to be both soft and yielding, yet firm enough to hold up when you get shaken up, stirred about. It’s all a matter of balance.

3. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Don’t show up to every small occasion. Make yourself just a little scarce, a little hard-to-get. People will like you better if they don’t see you every day…HOWEVER…

2. Be sure you show up at the big occasions in life—birthday parties, anniversary gatherings. And always, always go to funeral dinners. It may not be fun, but people need you and the comfort you bring to them.

1. Don’t ever forget your roots. Your essential substance comes from the richness of the dark earth, brought into the light, combined with goodness, mixed with love. You were meant to go out and nourish the world.

57 comments:

Pat said...

So everything I learned, I've learned from potato salad. Who knew? Thanks for another great read!

Joyful said...

Wonderful lessons to be learned from potato salad. Who knew?!!

Pat Tillett said...

If we all did those things, the world would be a better place. Truly...

My family hired potato salad as a nanny for us kids. She stayed at our house and sent her money home to her family in Idaho. We learned much of her culture and we loved her. But we could never get away with anything, because I swear, she had eyes in the back of her head...

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

I fully agree, especially with #2. In fact, I attend funeral dinners just for the potato salad. If there isn't any, I fit right in and grab some kleenex.

This was a very clever post, Betty. Have fun at the wedding!
xoRobyn

Kazzy said...

LOL, I love these lessons.

Zuzana said...

What an interesting post, never knew so much wisdom lies hidden in a potato salad;)
Have a safe trip and enjoy the wedding.;)
xoxo

slommler said...

I learned so much! And all from potato salad! Which is my favorite after all. There is a true art to making GOOD potato salad!! Thanks for the soft yet firm lessons!
Enjoy the wedding!
Hugs
SueAnn

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Just goes to show you that there are lessons to be learned in even the simple things of life. Thanks for the new perspective!

Debi

Jane said...

Enjoy the wedding!

Jane

Laura said...

What great life lessons. Pass the potatoe salad, please.

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

Yes, yes. Potato salad is wise indeed and darn tasty.

Old Kitty said...

That's why I never choose the potato salad offered here in my work place canteen. It's the antithesis of what BB's potato salad offers!!! :-)

Take care
x

Tabor said...

Perfect advice!

Ca88andra said...

Very clever and apt as I just made potato salad for dinner!

Oh Sew Good said...

You have quite the mind there. :) I enjoyed your entry today. Have fun at the wedding. :)

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A very creative write,

Yvonne,.

Madi and Mom said...

BB,
Have a wonderful time at the Jack and Jill(ian)'s wedding!!! You are too funny. I love weddings.

BB leave it to you to leave us all with a great big belly laugh in your absence. Potato salad is a staple here in NC. When having a gathering, you ask the first few who confirm their attendance if they can make potato salad. After you have 3 or 4 agreeing, you TELL everyone else not to make it!!

#7 is our favorite!!
We look forward to hearing all about the wedding.
Madi and Mom

baygirl32 said...

Wow that potato salad is smart! I should start talking to my food more

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

brilliant post! so true.

Enjoy the wedding!

Daisy said...

I love this, Betty. So well written. Made me smile, and a few of those lessons I really needed to hear today. Thank you. :-)

Seams Inspired said...

Fabulous! Have fun at the wedding! :o)
Larri at Seams Inspired

Copyboy said...

That is begging to be put on a poster or a mug. Who knew potato salad could be so wise. Have a blast, comment ya when you're back in the blogosphere.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Potato salad is rather smart!

Safe travels, Betty.

Tracy said...

Enjoy your wedding Betty, and thanks for the tater salad tips! (I was always afraid to ask if anyone else heard little voices besides me at the family picnics. Now I know where they were coming from.)

Cricket said...

Hm... sort of a pan-Asian potato salad, I think. Very Zen. Have a great trip.

Out on the prairie said...

Life is like a bowl of potatoe salad, you never know what you will get.

Leah J. Utas said...

We can learn a lot from food. Who knew--besides you--the lessons in a humble potato salad?

Brian said...

That explains a lot! Now I know why mashed taters are so grumpy, they just didn't make the cut!

Carol said...

Have a great time but remember. I need not to know this much about things I love. You did a great job again. Need to read it once more. Giggle.

Mellisa Rock said...

Who knew you could learn so much from a salad? Have a safe trip!

Lisa said...

Wow! Potato salad is so wise! I didn't know. . . You know #2 is so right. I learned that at my father's funeral last year. I remember the potato salad was amazing and the other salads that didn't show. . . Well, who needs them?

I'm printing this one off and putting it on my fridge. . . To honor the potato salad.

Have a GREAT! time at the wedding and don't over do the potato salad :)

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

You have enlightened me. The only lesson I've learned from potato salad until today was not to feed it to my husband or I'd suffer for days. Great post!

Hilary said...

What a fun post. You never fail to evoke a smile or several.

Have a great time at the wedding.. and don't forget to have some potato salad.

Nat said...

You never cease to amaze me with your perspective on life and great insight, Betty :)
Hope you have a great time at the wedding!

Ann said...

Best wishes to Jack and Jill.
I do hope they will be serving potato salad at the reception.

Liz said...

Leave it to you, Betty, to find deeper meaning in a hearty side dish. Have a great trip!

Sarah said...

I like soups. They are inclusive, warm, friendly and flexible. Mmm.

Mamma has spoken said...

I won't be able to eat potato salad again without thinking of you and this post ;o)

A girl needs 2 Talk said...

Wow Bet! This was really nice. I loved it! Felt like a great pep talk!

Marlene said...

Indeed!! Everything I ever learned about life, I learned from a cheeseburger!

Have a fun time at the wedding, dear!

Lin said...

Potato Salad is the staff of life, right?? Well, I think so anyway. And now you are telling me it is brilliant too?? Wow. I do love you, Potato Salad. I do!

Which reminds me--have fun at the wedding! Bring back some good stories!

blueviolet said...

I had no idea how much potato salad held in the way of knowledge. Too bad I don't like it.

Dreamfarm Girl said...

Such wisdom cometh from your potato-loving self. Yes, indeedy, you are right on all accounts. As for adding some fun and zesty things at times, I fully agree, but please do not make it chunks of celery. There is nothing that ruins potato salad faster than chunks of celery. But beyond that, pretty much perfection at every occasion!

Brian (not the cat) said...

Hi Betty! Finally came out of that coma this week. Great to be back reading BB. I like potato salad, too. No. 9 is my favorite.

Michelle Faith said...

YOU are amazing BB...soft and crunchy. I really enjoyed this...Thank you, Thank you.

Michelle Faith said...

YOU are amazing BB...soft and crunchy. I really enjoyed this...Thank you, Thank you.

Jimmy said...

Congrats to Jack and Jill

Hope you have fun at the wedding and after this hopefully there will be Potato Salad :)

Catherine said...

You always make me smile Betty! Have a super terrific time at the wedding of Jack and Jill! :)

xo Catherine

citymouse said...

I think Baz Luhrmann's Sunscreen may have some real competition with this! Very clever and made me smile!

Georgina Dollface said...

Awesome life lesson, so very clever of you! I will never look at a buffet the same way again.
Have an wonderful time at the wedding! - G

Green Monkey said...

I'm going to look at my food a lot differently form this day forward.

you are a clever betty!

Cheeseboy said...

So much truth to this. Clever indeed.

Here is the thing I know about potato salad: there is no middle ground. It's either great and delicious or it is disgusting crap. There is no just "okay" potato salad.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

You are terrific, Betty!!! Wow!!! I love what you find in Potato Salad! Such wisdom!!! Super post! Have a wonderful trip!! Enjoy the wedding! See you when you return!!~Janine XO

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

I know you don't do awards or pass them along, but I have an award for you:

http://justahappyhousewife.blogspot.com/2010/10/because-youre-sweetest.html

Gigi said...

I will never look at a plate of food the same again!

Baby Sister said...

You are so creative!! I love it. :) Thanks!!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

You are brilliant and I will never look at potato salad the same way again. It has taught me so much.