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Chuck Hinman: Did You Ever Eat Dirt? Chuck says eating pickled beets gives the same satisfaction as eating dirt.
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By Chuck Hinman

Did You Ever Eat Dirt?

I live in Tallgrass Estates, a retirement home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Today at dinner, the chef had prepared old-fashioned pickled beets. They were wonderful and I asked for a second helping.

While eating the beets, I was reminded of how -- over the years -- I have enjoyed beets prepared any way -- I guess because they remind me in some strange way of 'earthy-tasting' foods.

Chuck is paddled when caught eating dirt

I remember as a child growing up on a Nebraska farm in the 1920s my mom used to paddle me when she caught me eating dirt. I'm 81 years old and the thought of eating dirt doesn't repulse me like you might think. I don't like mud or insects however. Maybe I would, if they were cooked right.

In some curious way when I was eating beets and even occasionally potatoes -- things out of our root cellar --, it seemed like I imagined I was eating something dirt tasting.

Dirt is filling and 'a little dab will do you'

You don't know what I am talking about do you? Sitting in a freshly plowed field eating dirt with both hands. As I remember, it is quite filling and 'a little dab will do you.'

I suppose because over the years I have become civilized and wouldn't be caught dead spooning a little clean dirt on my crawfish etouffee. Even so, I get the same satisfaction when eating pickled beets and imagining that I am eating dirt and Mom can't spank me.

Written by Chuck Hinman. From It's Just Me, 2005.

This story was posted on 2014-03-16 03:36:40
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