Just some thoughts:
Today I went by the grave of an old friend. Something I find myself doing more often.
I never visit this old friends grave that I don’t have a thousand memories. A few sad and many happy, good memories.
As I walked to my car today after being at his grave I recalled this story.
Many years ago one Saturday night about seven or eight my friend called me. I was at home, hey no cell phones or texting in those day kids. “Hey Cohort what are you doin’?” He always called me that, I never heard him call me by my name. I told him nothing just hangin’ out here at home. “Well Cohort I got us a couple dates for tonight.” “What, when” my reply. “Tonight” was his answer. “Hey isn’t it kinda late to be getting dates for this Saturday night”?
The story was this, my friends parents most Saturday nights ate out at this place in our hometown. It was called The Goodie Shop Cafeteria and my friend always went with his parents when they went there. Either there or a place called Louise’s.
“Cohort here’s the deal. Tonight I went with mom and dad to eat and going thru the line getting our food there’s these two girls. I got to talkin’ to them and they get off work at nine and we are to pick them up in front of the place at 9;30.” My reaction was “What.?”
I ask my friend “What’s their names, where did they go to school, etc.” His reply, “Don’t know that. But in the serving line one of them was serving the bread and the other was dishing out the vegetables, so we’ll just call them ‘Bread and Vegetables, OK?” And that is what we did.
9:30 that evening we pulled up in Mike’s 1956 Chevy convertible, the top down, WLAC Nashville, Tennessee (Hoss Allen at the mike) on the radio and picked-up “Bread and Vegetables.”
Still to this day I don’t know which one was my date nor their names.
They remained forever the famous..”Bread and Vegetables.”
Well Bread and Vegetables we have often wondered whatever happened to the two of you. If you are out there tonight…you have not been forgotten.
Nor my friend.
August 10, 2018
Posted September 18, 2018