Funny Things from Yesterday: It’s tough being a househusband around our house

Robert N. Tidwell, Sr.

A few years ago, Granny, my sweet little wife for many years, worked for the state and had to travel out of town. She was on her way home one afternoon and she called me and ask me to fix some chili for supper. I’m not much for cooking. Of course, my excuse to Granny was that I didn’t know how to make chili. She explained to me that it’s quite simple, just follow the directions on the back of the chili powder package.

I arrived home from work before Granny did, so I decided to give chili cooking a try. After I got the chili on, I decided chili is just not good without cornbread. My cornbread cooking is of the old school in that you use corn meal, buttermilk, a pinch of baking powder and salt, but Granny likes cornbread with an egg in it. She says that it makes it richer. Anyway, I used my own recipe.

After getting the cornbread in the oven, I made a fresh pot of tea and set the table for a romantic dinner for two. How you can have a romantic dinner with chili l don’t know, but at least Granny would not have any cooking to do when she got home.

I was very pleased with my efforts and thought surely that I would be bragged on for being a sweet and considerate husband.

After we were seated and had our blessing, Granny had her first bite of cornbread. She looked at me and said, “You didn’t put an egg in the cornbread.”

Boy, it’s tough being a househusband around our house.

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