Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Red Building

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday!

Here's hoping some of you might join me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture, then write a short story or a poem about the picture.  When you have your story written, you can link up for others to read.  Feel free to also add this picture to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here.

Now for this week's story:

Come right on in folks and have a seat. I've stood here along this highway for many years now. Breakfast is served at six AM for all the farmers and ranchers in these parts. Tom and Edie rustle up some great food. There's bacon and eggs, pecan pancakes, and biscuits and gravy. There's grits and toast, too. The sausage in that there gravy is really spicy, so be ready to grab some fudge to cool down your tongue. Water won't do it, ya know. Y'all might want to grab some of that before ya order. It's for sale on the counter. Note that we have an air cornditioner installed in the window of the restaurant to keep y'all cooled down in the summer. For lunch we have the best burgers and fries you'd ever want. There's always chili made from fajita and brisket meat with no beans. It'll light you right up! There's plenty of chopped brisket with Edie's bar-b-cue sauce, loaves of white bread, onions, and dill pickles, charro beans and tater salad.

After ya eat, ya can wander over to the what-not shop. We have everthing there from soup to nuts. If you're car don't start, we have the solution. If ya flatten a tire, we can fix that too. We stock jars of the best Texas jams and jellies around, homemade by Edie when she ain't cookin' in the restaurant. There's horse tack, saddles, and blankets. For those of ya that's campers, there are lots of "just enough" items to pick up, like milk, cream, eggs and pop. Tom stocks Coca Cola and Pepsi, and cases of Dr. Pepper and Mountain Dew.  

What's that ya say? The parking lot is all growed over? How did that happen? Wait! All the stuff is gone from inside, and yous are tellin' me nobody's in the restaurant to do the cookin'? What happened to Tom and Edie? I'm feelin' really sad that I can't be there for y'all like in the old days, when I was painted all bright red and shiny. Folks would flock in here from early mornin' 'til late in the afternoon for Tom and Edie's cookin'. And we saved lots of folks with all the small things in the what-not shop they needed. It's a long ways to the city from here. If ya would, just close yer eyes and try to think of me in the good ole days. Tom and Edie and me, we were really somethin' back then.
Story told by a true old Texas relic in that Texas drawl. Some might need to look up some of the words to see what they mean. Did you know that fudge is the best remedy for a burning tongue from hot peppers? Just found that out. Hope you had fun.

Linda Kay


Mascha said...

Oh yeah, so sweet memories!
Have a great day, thanks for hosting :-)

Anita said...

Wow! So much food here!
Now I am hungry :)

Will be linking my latest post now. Thanks for hosting.

eileeninmd said...

Lots of food served there! Sounds like an awesome place in its day! Great story. Have a happy day!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Sounds like it was a great place! Great story!

Rose said...

No, I did not know chocolate was good for tongue burning from peppers. I hope I remember that...I will try to keep chocolate on hand!

Rebecca said...

I can picture Tom and Eddie serving up eggs and bacon. And thanks for the hot pepper tip. I like an excuse to have fudge on hand.

Mike said...

It seems to me that food joints don't last as long as they used too. They come and go quickly these days.

Cranberry Morning said...

What fun! I can definitely hear it in that Texan drawl. :-) And had no idea that fudge would take away the heat. Hmmm.

John's Island said...

Hi Linda Kay, Neat story! As I was reading it I couldn't help but think of the last visit I had to a Cracker Barrel. Sounds almost identical, with some variations, of course! :-) John

TexWisGirl said...

a good one and sad, too. :)

i knew a packet of sugar will do in a pinch to calm the tongue burn.

Michelle F said...

I like how the story is told from the restaurant's point of view. One great reason to always have fudge around.

Josie Two Shoes said...

Such a cool and creative story! There are so many abandoned places like that now and I always feel sad when I see them. We have a restaurant here that still has the tables set as if they are waiting for guests to arrive. It's been closed for years.

Fudge is the best remedy for everything as far as I'm concerned! Actually though, it's the sugar in it that works, sugar will cure the chili heat better than anything else. :-)

Thanks for this fun link-up. I went a little dark with my story today. The devil made me do it!

William Kendall said...

The voice you use is very Texan!

Rain Trueax said...

I tend to think about that-- that buildings care and have feelings... well, all inanimate objects. Knowing they don't, doesn't stop me; so I liked your bringing one of them to life.

Linda W. said...

Oh if only those walls could talk..... Nice story!

The Yum List said...

You're right! I will have to look up some of those words. ;-)

Janie Junebug said...

That makes me think of places where we would stop to eat when we were on vacation. Those places always had a lot of breakable items in their shops and signs that said
Lovely to look at
Delightful to hold
If you break it
We mark it sold.

I had a healthy respect for those signs and never touched anything.

It isn't just fudge that helps with the spicy taste in your mouth, though I'm sure fudge is an excellent idea. It's sugar. Sugar cures a spicy hot mouth.


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