079A - Sweet and Sour Rice

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From “In the Midst of Thee” – volume 2.

There is a story that my wife loves to tell about me when we were first married. I want to tell it to you.

We had been married only a few months, and she was expecting our first child. I was an overloaded university student, and she was working full time. It was that awful stage of the pregnancy called ‘morning sickness,’ which is a nice way of saying that she was sick morning, noon, and night – all the time. Even the sight and smell of food was a traumatic experience for her.

One evening I got home before she did, and since I love my wife, I decided to make supper so she wouldn’t have to. I pondered on what to fix. I really – I really wanted it to be good. I inventoried the kitchen, which eliminated many things I wanted to fix. Then I inventoried what I knew how to fix, and that eliminated most everything else that was edible. I did managed, however, to find some rice, and I decided to make ‘sweet and sour rice.’ Now, that had always been one of my favorites. The problem was I had never prepared ‘sweet and sour rice,’ nor ever seen it done, and what’s more I didn’t have a recipe.

“Nah,” I thought, “How hard can it be?” Oh mercy, I went to work and boiled the rice. But then I wondered, how can you make rice sweet and sour at the same time? Well, I couldn’t think of any magical ingredient that would do it, so I took the name literally – Sweet and Sour Rice. I hunted in the cupboard and I found something sweet – ha, sugar! I poured a generous amount of sugar into the rice. Now I needed something sour – hmm, aw, lemon juice! I found some lemon juice in the refrigerator and I poured it in. You know, when I stirred it all together, it didn’t – look quite like the ‘sweet and sour rice’ that I’d eaten in restaurants. Yeah, it still needed something.

Now, my mother had taught me that you always make a meal balanced. Well, the only thing I could think of to balance the meal was a vegetable. I hunted around in our meager stock, and I found some canned peas. And since there was no sense in dirtying any more dishes, I dumped the peas in with the rice, and I stirred it all together. My creation – my creation was complete: Sweet and Sour Rice with Peas, overcooked.

Now, at – at this point I have to be honest. I looked at what I had created, and I didn’t have the stomach to eat it. I left the masterpiece on the stove simmering with a note, and went back to campus and ate. When Debbie came home, she read my note and bravely sat down to eat that rice. Oh – oh, to this day I have considered it a selfless act of love and courage that she even attempted to eat that mess. It should have been used to patch cracks in the sidewalk or something.

You know, I have heard it said that ‘men are from Mars and women are from Venus.’ Well, I don’t know about that. I think they both come from heaven, and I think that God makes them deliberately different so that the eternity they spend understanding each other and becoming one makes them one with God at the same time. Please don’t forget: Marriage is a man, a woman, and a God.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Glenn Rawson – February 1999
Music: Sweet and Sour Rice – Deanne Caspertson
Song: Valentine – Jim Brickman & Martina McBride