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A Cowboy’s Faith: Best supper at home

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“In most cases the world would be much better off if everybody would eat their meals at home.”

That’s in preference to the seemingly increasingly popular enjoyment of “going out to eat.” Now this is speaking from experience, because there aren’t too many people who’ve spent more youthful days “eating out.”

One thing certain the kid never was hungry growing up. First off being son of grocery store operators, there was always plenty to eat, apple, grapes, candy bar, wiener, whatever.

Secondly, Mom, who’d once owned a café, always made sure her carryout boy never went anywhere on an empty stomach. Often there was an evening activity to attend and Mom would grab a dollar bill from the cash register. “Go get your supper” at the café.

Well, everybody whatever age has usually liked the idea of picking out restaurant food from the menu. More often than not, the grocery store boy’s supper was at the Hays Tavern, or Café as sometimes known. Today completely restored, that’s the apparently world-renowned Hays House.

Hamburgers were a quarter, cheeseburgers 30 cents; French fries another quarter, and iced tea a dime. Typically splurging for the “richer” burger, supper with tax, seems it was 3-percent those days, cost a total of 67 cents. That left change in the kid’s jeans pocket, which generally wasn’t returned to Mom.

Same for supper at the Rendezvous cattycorner across Main Street if still open, but it generally closed at 6 o’clock. Sometimes there be an urge for a “meal,” leftover meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, tea; 90 cents plus tax.

Often even if the boy didn’t have to rush off to something somewhere, the family went out for supper. Mom enjoyed “eating out” because she liked to eat and didn’t have to fix supper and clean up afterwards. That was usually at the Saddle Rock, still on the east side of town beside what was then the depot.

When people eat out, then and probably nowadays more so, they eat too much. Even worse, menus are packed with unhealthy fat. Telltale signs are the television commercials, five-inch-high sandwiches packed with calories.

Eating nutritionally healthy at home requires fixing and cleaning up, but all considered beats “eating out.”

Reminded of Second Samuel 9:7: “From now on take all your meals at my table.”

030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

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