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Re: More Food for Thought

Kitty, it's just probably that what goes around comes around in the next
generation.  My grandmother, who raised me, would never eat crusts of
bread.  She carefully trimmed all her sandwiches and always threw out
the heel of a loaf.  Of course, it was considered the depth of something or
other to serve "store-bought" bread at a meal.  It had to be hot biscuits or
corn bread - but then she always had a cook and probably wouldn't have
known how to make either of those things.  Anyway, it was not until I had
my own home and baked my own bread that I learned how special the
crusts were.  I was always willing to share with my sons, but they took
the position that since I was the baker, I had the privilege of taking the 
I have no idea of how my grandsons feel about bread crusts.
In a message dated 1/11/2009 12:46:37 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
kmrsy@comcast.net writes:

I am sitting here eating a delightful grilled cheese sandwich. I had to use 
the heel for one side of the sandwich which I normally wouldn't use for 
grilling because it is not level as are slices.  But um, yumm, that was 

This got me thinking about how kids today (from what I have heard) don't 
like bread heels.  Many go so far as to insist that mom cut the crusts off. 
Strange, as I've always loved the end pieces of any bread - mmm crust has 
more texture!

My guess is that this was subterfuge on their mom's part.  I grew up having 
to fight 2 sister's for the heels and, being the youngest, rarely won.  This 
was the coveted piece of bread and you couldn't go out of turn, reaching to 
the back for it.  The end had to become available after the slices were 
used.  Or you had to open a new loaf , which was forbidden until the 
previous loaf was finished.  In the case of homemade bread, you weren't 
allowed to just turn it around and cut yourself some crust...there were 

So, as babyboomers grew up and had their own kids, they didn't mention how 
good the crust was.  Instead, mom served the kids first and then took the 
heel for herself.  The kids assume that mom is being dutiful to her 
children, giving them the best and eating the crummy (not crumby) stuff 
herself.  Then the day comes when mom's eating a yogurt and the kids are 
getting sandwiches and there's just enough bread left, but someone has to 
take the heel.  The wailing and carrying on is deafening!  Hadn't they 
suffered enough when they were told they had to eat their crusts?!  An END 
piece?  Are you crazy?  Those are for adults!

Yeah, they are.

The end.


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