Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Popcorn



I realized the other day that I was completely happy when out of the blue I started thinking about popcorn.  It’s one of those foods I think you can only really think about when you are happy. 

It’s so...well... poppy and happy. 

Its whole essence is ecstatic, isn’t it? 

You can’t say that about soup or mashed potatoes or even cauliflower, which if you think about it is just aching to be a big popcorn kernel. 

I love everything about popcorn: the feel of it between the fingers, the saltiness that hits the tongue, the way it tumbles into the mouth and even then, does not settle down but instead tumbles around, finding its way between our molars. 

Maybe it’s the conditions under which we eat popcorn.  Most of the time, we save popcorn for celebrations, for times when we want to be with friends, or even by ourselves in the dark of the theater.  

Delicious.

Popcorn takes on its predestined shape when exposed to heat.  So do many people, don’t you think?

Fluffiness in a bowl. 

Popcorn is what happiness looks like to me.  Laughing with friends, treading lightly over the asphalt with Kia by my side, walking up to Brian and putting my arms around his waist and feeling him relax into me. 

It’s all popcorn, baby.

Make mine a large.





29 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Popcorn means it's movie time!! Which is happiness to me.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Oh how I remember the greasy/buttery and salty popcorn of my youth. Loved that stuff. We have it once in a while here at home these days, sans the greasy stuff. It's just good, and fun too since Hubby tosses pieces in the air to the pups. Good entertainment for old people like us.. LOL

Slamdunk said...

And it is so easy now with the microwave versions as compared to when I was a child. Now you have me plotting popcorn tonight...

Daisy said...

And don't forget the extra butter! :D

Olga said...

Mmmm, popcorn. There will be popping all over the land tonight!

Leanne said...

Wishing you buckets and buckets of popcorn, Betty!!! :)

Shelly said...

The loveliness that is hot popcorn is unmatched.

Out on the prairie said...

used to live on it as a treat in college

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

It is so true. Popcorn also makes me think about my daughter. She's away at college but we always make popcorn when we're watching a favorite show together.

Alexandra said...

I have a bowl of plain popcorn every night. It satisfies and I imagine it scrubbing my insides out like a bottle brush. TMI, I realize it, got carried away in the thought of POPCORN.

jenny_o said...

Unfortunately, it's the "between the molars" thing that comes between me and popcorn. Not to mention the wedging into the gumline. But as a delivery method for butter and salt, it is unrivalled!

I'm glad you are having a popcorn life now. Awesome.

Baby Sister said...

I love popcorn!! It got me in trouble when I worked at a movie theater and we could take home all the leftovers. Yum!!

Alison said...

Oh, true happiness is rediscovering the taste of kernels popped in oil on the stove, after years of air-poppers, microwaves and chemically-preserved packages. Can you believe Miss Chef had never had it made the old-fashioned way until just a few years ago??

Linda said...

Hi Betty,

Thanks so much for the comment on my blog. I love this post about popcorn! I made this wonderful popcorn at Christmas time, but you can make it anytime- air popped popcorn and then drizzle with melted candy melts. It is one of the gifts I make for my co workers and my family along with my cookies and toffee.
Have a great week!
Linda

Madi and Mom said...

BB Happy belated Bday your big Sister. I see you share your love of all God's Creatures too.

Popcorn yep it is happy food..coupled with a Pepsi I would probably purr.
Hugs Cecilia

Empty Nester said...

And that would be how I feel about those mashed potatoes you mentioned. LOL

Ms. A said...

I love popcorn... it's the "finding it's way between our molars" that I could do without.

Have a very popcorn day!

Gigi said...

You had me with the title. I LOVE popcorn; in fact I consider it to be a staple in my diet!

Catherine said...

Oh yes - I love me some popcorn at least 3 times a week! It's a MUST on movie night and not out of the question for supper once in awhile. ;)
xo Catherine

Lin said...

Amen, sister. Even the smell is heavenly. Although, when it's burnt--it's the worst smell EVER.

Leah J. Utas said...

I totally want popcorn now.

Stephanie said...

Made myself a giant bowl last night and could not agree with you more!

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

Popcorn is nice.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Ella said...

I grew up in a movie theater-my father was a projectionist! You and I might be related...
Popcorn is my comfort food and I eat it almost every day ;D

I love this post!

Cranberry Morning said...

My husband is the popcorn fiend around here. He used to make a huge stainless steel bowl of the stuff every couple nights. Now he rarely does that, but it's still his favorite treat. :-)

Hilary said...

Well I was about to munch on some nacho chips and guacamole but now I'm rethinking that. I wish you boatloads of popcorn.

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

Great post, Betty. Now I want popcorn.With butter.

Retired English Teacher said...

I love this comparison. Here's to popcorn!

Pat Tillett said...

Free refills!
I'm right there with you. I LOVE popcorn. Micro-wave, movie theater, stove popped, or kettle Corn, I love it all. I think I'll have one now!