the definition of “beef stew” nearly wrecked a marriage.
if i’m lyin’, i’m dyin’…my hair.
put on your comfy pants, grab a cup of Antigua Dark Roast and settle in. i’m about to tell a story.
two friends of mine got married. awesome! yay love! they were newly back from their honeymoon and she wanted to cook him a nice dinner. yes, he was a lucky, lucky man and she…we all felt a little sorry for, but were grateful for her ability to overlook his numerous and glaring flaws.
he got home from work and she said, “what would you like for dinner?” he said, “beef stew”, and she immediately burst into tears.
now, she wasn’t an overly emotional psycho that had some sort of horrific history with beef stew, so stop judging, Judgy McJudgerton.
she was a farm girl who grew up making everything from scratch and had just been asked to start an 8 hour process to make dinner.
at least that’s what she thought.
he grew up in a house that was a shrine to tin and cardboard. if it didn’t come out of a box or a can, he didn’t eat it. so imagine his surprise when she starts sobbing over hours of work and all he wanted was to find the can opener.
to him, beef stew took 5 minutes on medium-high heat, but to her it was an all day process that began right after you slaughtered the cow.
it took them nearly an hour to sort it out because neither one had a clue that doing it any other way even existed. they didn’t even know how to open the conversation.
pile on the fact that she was desperate to please as a new wife and he just wanted to eat, and it was a big ol’ stewy mess.
they eventually did sort it out and have lived happily ever after in a world that has a perfect balance of home cooked meals and Kraft Mac N’ Cheese, Family Size.
miscommunication can take many forms. the reality was, they weren’t defining beef stew, they were defining themselves. savory, meaty goodness was just the catalyst to begin working on figuring each other out and learning to compromise. something everyone has to do when choosing to make someone else a permanent fixture in their lives.
has a definition ever caused problems for you?
are you a stew-from-scratch or stew-from-a-can kind of person?
now i’m hungry. what’s for lunch?