(My mom is probably going to kill me for this one, so pray for ya boy, LOL)
My mom, by her own admission, never really learned the art of traditional, southern, soul food cooking. But after graduating college and starting a career, she met a Murphy man and started having Murphy children. So along the way, she had to get creative with her cooking. She just got in there and felt her way around until she found something that works.
It wasn’t until I was old enough to notice, whenever we had guests my mom would begin the meal with apologies. She would say things like, “This isn’t a regular meatloaf,” or “I did something different with that casserole”. However, I never knew any difference. All I knew is that her food was good to me.
We really don’t have to be told what is good, yet we live in the mass media world, that tells us what to like. We are told what beautiful looks like, what cool is, and what success should be. Whenever, we allow advertisers to dictate what is good, we lose the creativity to fashion our own cool. Don’t follow the crowd. If you find beauty in something or someone, appreciate it. If you find value in something or someone, celebrated it. If you love something or someone, embrace it, and never apologize for it. Once you realize that you create your own cool, you will be a lot happier.
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