Short by 358 black eyed peas?


New Years Day was almost a disaster but in the end it was saved by my neighbor and serial good fairy, Brenda Chambliss. .

Feeling nauseous and fluey from a stepped-up chemo injection on New Years Eve, I couldn’t face the fare I have consumed with religious fervor for six decades.  The black-eyed peas, cabbage and cornbread would have to wait.  Then, at 4 p.m. Brenda delivered a package containing all that and more.  There was baked ham and her special fruit cake made from crushed vanilla wafers right in the box.  I must get the recipe for my next book. Even fruit cake haters will love it.

COUNT PEASI peaked inside the “care package” and there was a note that said I didn’t have to eat the whole thing.  Only one fork-full of cabbage and 7 black-eyed peas would do the trick, she assured me. Well, I never knew that, so before going to bed I carefully counted out 7 peas and speared a fork with cabbage and choked it down.  Hmmm.  Why was hers so much better than mine?

Anyway, this morning I decided to google the black-eyed pea requirement for luck in the New Year and learned that she might have had it wrong.  An authority on the subject said you must eat 365 peas!  Does anyone know if there are that many in an entire can?  I plan to find out as soon as I feel better because I have some catching up to do. HAPPY 2ND DAY OF NEW YEARS.  I don’t think it’s too late.

9 thoughts on “Short by 358 black eyed peas?

  1. Happy new year any-doggone-how, Emily! I say if you’re the one wating the black-eyed pea, its power is magnified tenfold!
    Much love and solidarity to you!

  2. I don’t think the “authority” knows what hes talking about. Probably a you know what from up north!

  3. Prayers for you, Emily. Hope you are feeling much better very soon. And Jean, the advice couldn’t have come from up north. They don’t eat black eyed peas up there (at least where I come from). Our New Years food requirement was pork and sauerkraut (which meant ribs! Yum!!)

  4. Hope you are feeling better soon! You are such an inspiration to all in that you are able to keep your great sense of humor even when feeling yucky!

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