Peeking Eggs

Peeking Eggs January 29, 2014

So just now, I went to the fridge to get a glass of milk. (We Sheas are inveterate milk drinkers.  Milk!  Fruit of the Bovine!  Work of Bossy’s glands.  It shall become for us our corporeal drink!  But I digress.)

Anyway, as I opened the fridge door, there were a dozen smiling cheery eggs peeking out at me from their cardboard container. My sweet and funny Jan has, as long as we have been married, always drawn little smiley faces on hard-boiled eggs to distinguish them from the raw ones.  I’ve seen it a thousand times, but for some reason I was struck by the sheer charm of the thing this evening.  It could be an X or a check mark.  But with my sweetie, it’s always been a smiley face.

I marched right into the bedroom and kissed her for it.  Just because.

Of such tiny moments is a lifetime of joy made up.  Love her.  With my heart I love her.


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  • orual’s kindred

    Clicked for (potential) pun. Commenting for the awww :’-)

  • BHG

    Sometimes marriage is just too unbearably beautiful to believe and so much more than we deserve, isn’t it, Mark? (Wife of 39 years and counting)

  • Becky D.

    Okay I know this isn’t the point of this post, but since you mentioned how much your family likes milk, I would like to know if you have learned the enormous benefits of getting milk fresh from the farmer, not pasteurized, not homogenized, not mixed with milk from a thousand cows, no stabilizing but anti-nutritious additives? Milk the way God meant us to drink it. I don’t know what state you are in, but some places it is harder to get than others, because the federal government in its infinite wisdom has decreed that we are not smart enough to make a judgement about what milk we drink, so it tries to protect us from the terrible error of buying milk from farmers we know and trust.

    • Bill

      This is, to me, the same argument as not vaccinating. I don’t get it. Pasteurized milk is more than fine. Why consume bacteria unnecessarily? It’s reckless.

      • Marthe Lépine

        Would not bacteria in small controlled amounts help strengthten the immune system?

        • Mariana Baca

          a) no, that is not how the immune system works. b) there is no lack of ambient bacteria, if you really need it c) *really* depends on which bacteria. Eat some cheese or yogurt if you want good bacteria — milk has both good and bad bacteria. Cultures will only have the type of bacteria used for the culture, mostly.

        • PalaceGuard

          Go look up the TB rates in the early 20th century, linked to unpasteurized milk from infected cows. (I can remember, when I was little that some milk bottles still had “From Tubercular-tested Cows” on their labels.)

          • Rebecca Fuentes

            Milk does not inherently have disease in it, though, if the cow is healthy. The risk is if there are unsanitary handling practices.

      • Becky D.

        Would you recommend that instead of breastfeeding her baby a mother use pasteurized formula? All modern research has shown that breastfeeding babies is healthier. Similarly if the cows are healthy milk is better fresh. And who would want to drink milk from unhealthy cows? Pasteurization of commercial is to make it possible to sell us milk from unhealthy cows.

    • Andy, Bad Person

      Milk the way God meant us to drink it.


      • ImTim

        I only regret that I have but one upvote to give for your comment.

    • Mariana Baca

      Even raw milk will be the milk of more than one cow. What difference does it make?

      Domestication of Cows (and the subsequent genetic changes that come from selective breeding) and Pasteurization are both man-made processes. Only God’s will insofar as his permissive will allows us dominion of nature. My grandparents owned a farm. You know what we did before we drank milk? We boiled it. And then skimmed/stirred in the fat. Because fat clumps are hard to drink and bacteria is gross to drink. And even though at the end they had few cows, they still sold their milk to be pasteurized and be mixed with the milk of a thousand cows for bottling/canning.

      Milk is sugar + fat + protein+ calcium water. That is it. There is nothing magical about it. Adding vitamins, killing bacteria, stirring in the fat doesn’t do anything to change its nutritional value.

      • ImTim

        Tank milk is delicious though.

    • Yeargh

      My Dad used to talk about growing up on a dairy farm, and what his first taste of pasteurized milk was like: “very flat”. But he said he would never again drink unpasteurized milk because of undulant fever. I highly recommend looking up what it causes in humans.

  • Milk! Fruit of the Bovine! Work of Bossy’s glands. It shall become for us our corporeal drink!

    Ha ha! Love it.

  • ModerateMom17

    Awww. You’re a peach Mark. I wish I had someone to love those little things about me. Do you have a single brother? (I kid. Kind of)

  • ivan_the_mad

    From which hatches Peking duck! FULL YUM.

    • Rebecca Fuentes

      Dang it! You beat me to it.

  • The Next to Last Samurai

    Sounds like you have a very eggciting marriage.

  • EMS

    I also love milk. If I have a food addiction it would be to milk. Chocolate would be second, but it would be harder for me to have to give up milk. Love your egg story. You are one lucky man.

  • Loretta

    Great idea, Jan. Gonna borrow it, OK?