“You are not going out with that boy unless his parents are driving and that's that. I'm not just Spitting Grits here, young lady!”

. . . My father, John Thomas Cravey, USAF, to me in 1956.

Targeting Wonder Pets

Attention shoppers! This really happened. I am not lying.

I, a friend, and my granddaughter, Joanna Leigh, were in Target last week – again. Joanna Leigh and Martha headed straight for, yes, the shoes, even though they were supposed to be looking for a decent iron. Irons are not in small appliances where you’d expect them to be. They’re with, I can’t remember.

I stopped at the musical greeting cards to get one for a friend, and then headed for books and kid’s DVDs. Ah ha! Wonder Pets – for $5. Done! I then started searching for Joanna Leigh and Martha.

Shoes. Of course. I found them with the iron in the cart. We stayed in shoes a while. Joanna Leigh spotted the Wonder Pets DVD. “Oh, I LOVE Wonder Pets,” she exclaimed.

In case you don’t know about Wonder Pets, they are three adorable pets – a hamster, a yellow chick, and a turtle, on Nick Jr. Together they save the day.

And it’s OPERA! They sing their way through the plot, which always involves saving an animal in trouble. Can Figaro be far behind?!

First, they’re napping or hanging out. Then their phone – a tin can with a string and toy -- rings.

Each Wonder Pet in turn: “The phone, the phone is ringing.”

Then they discover an animal in trouble: “There’s an animal in trouble,

There’s an animal in trouble,

There’s an animal in trouble somewhere.”

They explain in song: “We’re not too big and we’re not too tough,

But with each other, we’ve got the right stuff,” followed by singing about Teamwork.

You’ve really got to see this! Two million-plus viewer have already watched it on YouTube.

 

Ok. We headed for checkout. A guy, about the age of a young father, begins the check-out process – scan, scan, scan the DVD. He breaks into song. “Wonder Pets, Wonder Pets, Wooonder Peeets!” And on and on.

I couldn’t help it. I sing, “The phone, the phone is ringing.”

Joanna Leigh is facing the people behind us in line. She’s singing along quietly, “There’s an animal in trouble somewhere.”

Then the young girl behind us says, “Hey, I know that song,” and begins, “What have we got? Teamwork!”

People in two lanes were laughing. The check-out fellow and I looked at each other and laughed. Martha was trying to hide, laughing.

I said to the fellow, “You gotta talk to management here and tell them you’ve got a great commercial idea.” He laughed.

Except that it would make a great commercial. Hey, a series of commercials. First, shopping at Target and singing Wonder Pets arias; then teenagers, still shopping at Target, watching “Fame” or something on Broadway; then, successful adults, owning shares of Target, at the Met watching The Magic Flute. Then, at their own funeral, kleenex from Target, someone from the Met singing, oh, I don’t know, something from Madame Butterfly. . . .

Meanwhile, I’m not holding my breath. I’m just trying to make a ringtone out of “The phone, the phone is riiinging. . .” for my iPhone. Anyone know how?

 

Drug Addiction’s Parallel Universe: The Fourth State: Wednesday, April 21, Part IV

This four-part series began here in Part I after my daughter was arrested on March 16 for manufacturing a controlled substance, aka, methamphetamines. Her bond at that time was $115,000, which could be met with a $15,000 payment (10% of the bond amount). I knew then that she was where she needed to be and assumed no one could bail her out.

She stayed a month. After a court hearing, the bond was reduced to some pittance of the original amount, like $1,500. How does bond go from $115,000 to $1,500? That smells to high heaven.

She was out one week, and we got the call that she had overdosed, which is described here in Part II. The question in Part III, here, was, How can we keep her off the streets? The only way was for her to go back to jail, but she would be released from the hospital’s psych ward very soon.

Our answer was the bail bondsman who allowed her to get out. As fate would have it, the bondsman, a woman, had been a friend of Mary’s in junior high school and had visited at our house. I called her.

This is all going to sound nuts.

“Brooksie, this is Mary mom. We need your help.”

“Hi, Mrs. Hutt. How’ve you all been?”

She obviously didn’t know about the overdose.

“Brooksie, I don’t know how Mary talked you into bailing her out, but she is back on drugs bad, overdosed, and is in North Harbor.”

“Oh, no,” she said. “She called me every day for about a month begging me to get her out. She said all she wanted to do was see her daughter. She said she’d go to your house three times a week and wouldn’t let her down. I met her at McDonald’s and she gave me $500. She’s supposed to pay me every week.”

“I think you got snookered, Brooksie. First, you’ll never be able to get your money. Second, we need to get her back in jail where she’ll be safe. She’ll be released from North Harbor tomorrow or the next day.”

“I’ll get the bond revoked,” she said, “and re-arrest her when she’s released.”

Orchestration

Now the race was on to have the bondswoman at North Harbor when Mary exited. If this all sounds nuts, it is.

First I called security at North Harbor to see if whoever was there could at least drag their feet when Mary was released. Blah, blah, blah. That wasn’t going to work. I asked that the social worker please call me. Then I called the desk in North Harbor and asked for whoever releases people. “Couldn’t you drag your feet when blah, blah, blah?”

She said, not surprisingly, “Oh, we can’t do that.”

The social worker called me back. That conversation was a worse disaster. She first asked if I wanted to commit Mary.

I repeated, “No one needs it worse than she does.”

She replied, “Are you willing to testify in court that she is mentally ill.”

“Good god yes,” I said. “And very likely brain damaged from 25 years on drugs.”

“Will you testify that she was mentally ill before she became a drug addict?”

I’m sure I just sat there, because I was nearly speechless.

“How can I do that? I have no idea. You’re the professionals with the tests.”

“Yes, but she has to have been mentally ill before she began taking drugs.”

That is nuts for sure.

Choreography

By insane maneuvers, we managed to get Brooksie to North Harbor as Mary was being released. She handcuffed her and took her back to jail.

This next Dance Macabre is really going to sound nuts. Mary was in jail a month. She talked another bail bondsman into posting the necessary amount with the promise she would pay him and go to treatment.

She was out about a month, in which time she found ways to communicate with Joanna Leigh. This baby was so happy to see her mother that I cried in secret. I knew that the next time her mother disappeared, her distress would be doubled, and I knew that Mary would undoubtedly disappear again somehow, either by being arrested or overdosing.

Four 

My daughter has been arrested yet AGAIN, and again for manufacturing of a controlled substance (methamphetamines) with a bond once again at $100,000. This arrest makes a total of four for manufacturing meth, two of those times being in the last three months.

And twice, her bond was reduced from $100,000 to less than $2,000. What does this absurd gap of $80,000 mean? History says it means she be out on the streets again.

It looks like to me that the system is also nuts.

So here I sit, feeling nuts and trying to figure out what’s next. The first thing is to contact the child psychologist for some serious guidance. I want this time to be the last time that my husband and I play any part in allowing our daughter to see her daughter again. This means watching our granddaughter grieve yet again.

I’m also thinking of writing the D.A. here in town suggest that the system find a way to keep Mary until she is sentenced for one or both of the manufacturing charges. She is a danger to herself and others, but jail is the only option for institutionalization. That’s nuts.

I’m certainly open to comments, suggestions, advice, information. Meanwhile, I sit here, thinking about grief.

 

Requiem Adagio: The Beach

-- continued from the previous post

As we wait to see if the cap that BP managed to snap onto the spewing oil well will work, the future of the Gulf of Mexico remains critically damaged by the estimated 4 million gallons of crude choking the life out of the region. Tar, toxic dispersant, and slimy oil will continue to maim and kill from the bottom up for a long, long time.

The constancy of The Beach is broken, perhaps for several generations. I grieve for the loss.

Back to Gulf Shores

girlfriend-granddaughterOne of the 1972 "Gulf Shores girlfriends" introducing her third granddaughter to The Beach, Inlet Beach, 2009.

One thing I learned from my mama was the importance of taking girlfriend trips, so in 1972 – and newly married -- I suggested to my close group of married girlfriends that we take a trip to the Graves house in Gulf Shores. All of us had young children, or were pregnant, or would soon be. Today I think of all those children and how they grew up loving The Beach. Now those children have been taking our grandchildren.

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 "Girlfriend's" first granddaughter, Inlet Beach, 2010

 

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"Girl-friend's" second grand-daughter, Inlet Beach, 2010

Gulf Shores was still relatively deserted in the early 1970s. We still had to take our food and water. It was still gross to brush your teeth in the tap water. We ate at Mimi’s. (See previous post.)

Since there was no telephone at the Graves house and no cellphones, even in our imaginations, we stopped at the State Trooper’s office on the way to the house to let them know who would be at the house, as we had all instructed those left at home to call the trooper’s office in case of a need or an emergency.

We knocked and knocked on the trooper’s office door. No one was there. It was after hours and a weekend. There was a line at the one telephone booth at the Hangout, so someone had to drive back to Foley to call home long-distance and spread the word that we couldn’t be reached that way. That meant, of course, we couldn’t be reached.

Our group made that trip for several years in a row. No, there were no grocery stores, but there was by then the Flora-Bama, a small hole-in-the-wall liquor store and bar.

 

An Ill Wind

It all ended at the Graves house on September 12-13, 1979, when the category 4 Hurricane Fredric bombarded the Alabama coast with winds up to 145 mph. The Graves house was among the huge losses; it was found the following week floating like a boat in the bay, books still in the bookcases. Total losses from Fredric were estimated in 1979 dollars at $2.3 billion, yes, billion.

Not even Fredric could break the constancy or the legacy of The Beach, any more than Katrina could turn New Orleans into a wasteland forever.

Fredric destroyed a lot of man-made structures on The Beach and inland, just as other hurricanes have done through the decades, the very worst being Katrina. Despite the losses of life and livelihoods, the constancy and resiliency of life and nature always survived. Until now.

 

The Redneck Riviera

It took another decade or so on the Alabama Gulf coast before condominium complexes, businesses, and a way of life began their comeback as part of the development stage and rediscovery after Fredric. Family, friends, girlfriends, and children continued to stay in those old cement block motels that remained -- until Gulf Shores grew and became known at the Redneck Riviera.

We continued to make girlfriend trips for decades and to take our children on Beach vacations – even until this summer.

The Beach has been for so many of us one of the threads that connected generations to each other.

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A close friend's husband and grandchildren at Navarre, looking at blue crabs, 2010.

The grandchildren at sunset at Navarre

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One View

Our granddaughter Joanna Leigh has seen the Gulf waters, sand, and surf only once. After going to a birthday celebration for a friend in Ft. Walton, my husband and I decided she needed to at least see it, even if we couldn’t stay longer. We left Ft. Walton and crossed the bridge into Santa Rosa. We got out at a public beach site and walked toward the water.

Joanna Leigh at Santa Rosa, first Beach experience, 2010

Like all the children before her, she was entranced.

Like so many of the children before her, she ventured into the water just as the breaker came in. The sand shifted. Her feet were pulled out from under her in a couple of inches of warm salt water. We grabbed her up, crying and shocked.

Unlike so many of the kids before her, she will likely not get all those other times to go under again, to learn how to maneuver even the smallest breakers, to gulp down salt water through her nose, to wade in a tide pool of warm water where shells gather, to see the water birds soaring and diving, to catch a blue crab in her net, to marvel at the magnificent sunsets.

I am heartbroken for this loss of one of Nature’s greatest creations, by human hands.

Requiem Allegro: The Beach

-- continued from the previous post

Right now America is hoping the cap on the vomiting oil from BP’s blown well into the Gulf of Mexico holds and the relief wells will kill the whole disaster. Whatever stops it, reality says we are looking at decades of consequences. I can’t image cheering for any reason.

IMG_0035My daughter, Gulf Shores, c. 1979

IMG_0037 My son, Gulf Shores, c. 1979

New Horizons and Sunsets

My 60-year relationship with The Beach continued for many more decades after my father was re-assigned to Maxwell A.F.B. in Montgomery, Alabama; it would be nearly a decade, after I was in college, before I returned to Santa Rosa and Destin.

In this interim, my concept of The Beach expanded to include a new spot, Gulf Shores, Alabama. My aunt’s husband inherited the Graves beach house that the state of Alabama had built for Governor Bibb Graves in the 1930s. It was one of only a few structures at Gulf Shores for decades and decades, until 1979, and it stood out from the other structures.

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My cousin Emory, above with his father, on the sand at the Graves house, Gulf Shores, mid-sixties.

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The others, like most of them from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach at that time, were post-World War II cement block beauties. Many of them, the few private cabin-type houses or the motels, were painted a pathetic excuse for sea-foam green, or a sort of pale Pepto-Bismol pink, or your basic spoiled, curdled cream. There were no such things as Holiday Inn or condominiums.

To get to the Graves house, you drove southeast from Montgomery until you could smell the salt water and finally see it directly in front of you; you took a right at Jeannie’s store at the T on Highway 98 and went nine-tenths of a mile. On the Gulf side of the road, it had a central living area with paneling and cathedral ceiling of Cyprus. Bookcases lined the walls, maybe two stories up. The high ceiling wasn’t really for looks; it was for air, as there was no air conditioning.

We depended on the seemingly constant southerly breeze. I slept in a hammock on the screened porch that ran the whole length of the back of the house. The Gulf air ranged from an eerie stillness to a beach breeze to some wind to hurricane force winds. The only one we really dreaded was the stillness; it would create an inferno, even on that screened porch.

People on the Gulf Shores beach in those days were sparse. We had it all to ourselves. But there was a hitch in those pre-development days: There were no grocery stores, only Jeannie’s little hole-in-the-wall where you could get milk and bread and a few other staples, along with the supplies of fishing and crabbing equipment and bait; we had to bring every bite of food we would eat, except for the fresh seafood we could get when the fisherman came in; we had to bring all the water we would drink, as it smelled and tasted like rotten eggs until more than a decade later. It was gross to have to brush your teeth with that water.

But there was Mimi’s. Calling it a restaurant is a stretch, but the food was pure heaven. You had to leave the beach, head north back to the small village of Foley, turn left, and double back on the Fort Morgan road. We would go at least once each trip.

Sometimes we would travel east on Highway 98, cross the bridge into Florida, and eat at a seafood place on the outskirts of Pensacola. There was no Flora-Bama bar and liquor store in those day, but a couple of decades later, by golly, it was there. (Their Web site is showing current video of the view from their back porch.)

The constancy of the Gulf Shores Beach and Graves house would later become legacy for me, my newly married friends, and all our children. Now our grandchildren have been initiated to The Beach.

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Son, daughter, and first Lab, Gulf Shores, c. 1977.

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Back to Santa Rosa

Meanwhile, as college-aged kids, we flocked to Biloxi en route to the French Quarter, the quiet and beautiful hamlet of Destin, or to the rockin’ Panama City Beach, where we honed our beebop skills at the Hangout. There was no such thing as “under age.”

On one road trip to New Orleans, we went through Mobile, where I discovered West Indies salad at Bailey’s. Long after my brain stops remembering most stuff, I bet I’ll still remember that salad.

Destin had the Blue Room, Harbor Docks, and, being a fishing village, the best seafood markets. Because I was still a dependent with an Air Force ID, we could get in the Officer’s Beach Club, giving me a special measure of power and popularity.

A frat friend’s parents owned a cement block cabin with a couple of window air conditioners on a small Destin inlet where all the fishermen docked their boats at night and took them back out each sunrise through the Jetties and into the Gulf. He was really popular.

On my last trip to Destin and Sexton’s fresh seafood market, the cabin was still there, albeit surrounded by classy upscale homes and condominiums.

One Last Trip

While I was in grad school, my brother and I would take our last trip together to The Beach. The next year he left for Vietnam, where he died. We got in his blue Corvette – that would be the one after his red Vet – and headed south to Santa Rosa and Destin. We landed at the Faux Pas.

Lots-o’-Beer later, we decided to stop at the Jetties on the way to the Blue Room across the bridge into Destin. Being Invincible, we decided to jump in at the end of the huge jetty rockpile where Choctawhatchee Bay flows into the Gulf and where the currents are treacherous. We swam and swam and swam. Pretty soon, we weren’t swimming; we were struggling against the currents taking us farther and farther out into the Gulf. Finally we realized we were in trouble. Funny how swimming can sober you up fast.

A fishing boat came out to get us.

Again Invincible, we hopped into the blue Vet and drove off down Highway 98.

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Learning about breakers at Gulf Shores, c 1977.

 

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Protecting turtles eggs at Navarre today.

-- continued in the next post

Requiem Lacrimoso: The Beach

Taking it Personally

For the past 84 days, the summer sun has risen on the Gulf of Mexico and its vast coastline; each of these days, some 50,000-100,000 barrels of BP oil have been vomited into the Gulf through a man-made freak until an estimated million-plus barrels have decimated a natural wonder, The Beach.

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Inlet Beach, east of Seagrove, FL in June 2010. Friends have passed along their recent photos.

Some photos have been scanned from 30-year-old negatives.

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This plane flying over Inlet Beach Memorial Day weekend was searching for oil from the BP spill.

The oil mixed dispersant creates a foul substance, and it has finally invaded the marshlands – breeding grounds and nurseries for Gulf wildlife and sea creatures; it has poisoned pristine beaches for hundreds and hundreds of miles.

The constancy of The Beach is broken.

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Another plane, flying over the Florida coast east of Seaside, looked for oil spewed into the Gulf and heading for Florida's coast.

Generations of people, families, children, teenagers, grandparents, have lived, worked, visited, and vacationed at The Beach. Livelihoods are wrecked; vacation traditions that brought families together are ruined. The wonder of the entire ecosystem is razed.

Privately I grieve and cry for this unimaginable loss. Silently I beg for the news that the Navy is scheduled to bomb this nasty site to finally stop the spewing. I am not able to keep looking at the images of what is happening daily.

And I’m repulsed at its being called a spill.

clip_image001Trying to protect a spot from BP oil contamination at Navarre Beach, residents haul hay toward the water's edge.

Childhoods in the Sand

As a child, I understood the entirety of the Gulf Coast as The Beach. Like all the children I’ve seen first encounter the sand’s texture, first gaze out at the endless water -- to the waves, the breakers, the surf -- first put their toe, then their foot, then their tummy into the warmth, I responded instinctively to the primal nature of The Beach.

 GS-1976-photo_edited-2 My daughter's first venture into the Gulf Waters at Gulf Shores, c. 1976.

Infants being held by a grownup float and bob in the gentle waters. Babies have their arms held up to their mother’s or father’s hands as they venture slowly to the water’s edge, where the breakers have subsided and are simply rolling in and lolling back out. Toddlers stand and look to the horizon as they find the courage to enter the water by themselves, their parents close behind to grab them up when the undertow and shifting sand take their feet out from under them. They go under. They cry. But they always want to return to the water.

Mary and Dabney, Gulf Shores, c. 1978 My daughter and a friend, Gulf Shores, c. 1978; the scratch is in the old negative.

To be submerged up to your shoulders is like being in a mother’s arms – gentleness, softness, comfort.

To drift off to sleep by the natural rocking of the tide’s coming in and returning to the deep waters is a gift of sound.

A Dot in the Sand

For me, life at The Beach began nearly 60 years ago, when I was about 8, at the Eglin A.F.B. Officer’s Beach Club on Santa Rosa Island. Those days on The Beach were days of childhood wonder; the sand and breakers and surf were always changing. I learned about the undertow and currents, sometimes the hard way. I learned about the stinging jellyfish that could ruin the day. I learned about the biting flies that would invade in late summer if the breeze came from inland. I learned how to maneuver the breaking waves, finding out that for some, you just needed to dive and swim under.

John Cravey, about six, Gulf Shores, Gordon's motel, c. 1978, My son maneuvering a breaker in Gulf Shores, c. 1976.

I learned that you will begin to smell the salty Gulf waters brought in on southerly breezes a good distance away before you get there, maybe as much as five or ten miles out.

I learned about sunburn. And Noxema. And how the salt waters taste and how it stings when you get it up your nose.

Eglin proper is on the northern shore of Choctawhatchee Bay. If you stood on the right spot, – at least in 1953 – you could look across the bay and see the eastern bridge that connected Santa Rosa Island to the small fishing village of Destin. To get to the Beach Club, our family of five had to load up in the old Woody, leave Eglin, go through Shalimar and Ft. Walton, get onto Highway 98 and cross the western bridge onto Santa Rosa Island; then head for the long stretch of federal land that takes up the eastern half of the island all the way to the bridge into Destin.

Santa Rosa Island was pretty bare in those days. There was no Alvin’s-of-a-jillion bathing suits and beach balls; across the two-lane Highway 98 there was no Fax Pas bar. That would come later.

At the Officer’s Beach Club, a mere speck on the Gulf Coast, we stayed literally all day, basking on that white hot sand in the twice-shining Sun – down from the sky and, in turn, up from its reflection off the sand. I don’t think I have pictures of those early sun days, even though my father was a fairly good photographer. Taking pictures on that sand has always been nearly impossible for all but the savviest photographer.

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The sand is not beige. It is not ecru or eggshell or “sand” or cream or butter. It is the color and consistency of granulated, refined, white sugar. It’s one of maybe only five places on Earth with sand like that.

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The water’s color can range from a minty, sea-foam green, to the lightest robin’s egg blue to a dark turquoise to a darker still midnight blue-black. It could be still, like glass, or rocking gently enough to float on, or great fun to look the breakers in the eye and meet them head on, or mean and angry, daring swimmers to enter the water.

MM-GS-sandcastle-c-1977 My daughter and her sand "castle" in front of the Gulf Shores water in all its shades, c. 1977.

The last time I was in Destin, the water was still like that, but it won’t be that way for long now.

I don’t remember how we picnicked at the Beach Club, but we did. We went crabbing when the surf allowed and took the blue crabs home for mama to toss into boiling water. It was before Crab Boil, I think. Even as an 8-year-old, I intuited that those creatures were defined by a word I didn’t yet know – delicacy.

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Then, the sunsets, magnifi-cent sunsets. . .

 

A winter sunset at Destin, Florida

As the sun falls into the horizon, the air cools almost instantly and colors from their own private world appear. People come silently through the sand to watch.

Below is a video I shot in about 2002 and recently edited for YouTube.

Beach for Generations

I didn’t realize it then, but there was more and more to The Beach. The Beach I now know and love stretches from just this side of New Orleans, through Mississippi and Alabama, continuing from Perdido Bridge into Florida at Pensacola; then Navarre, Santa Rosa, Destin, Grayton Beach, Seaside, Seagrove, Water Sound, Water Color, Rosemary Beach; then over to the bridge into Laguna and Panama City Beach, to St. Andrews Bay, Apalachicola, around the curve and south to St. Petersburg.

What I have learned in my 60 years at The Beach is that the entire Gulf Coast was a delicacy, a place of comfort and solace, a place that changed from morning to evening but remained constant generation after generation. It was so for my grandparents, who were early visitors to Gulf Shores, to my parents who took me and my brother and sister to the Officer’s Beach Club, to me and my generation of friends who grew older and had our own children, to those children whom we take to The Beach.

Among the long list of tragic consequences from this environmental disaster is that our grandchildren, those children who have just now begun their initiation into the fold of The Beach, will not have the choice to pass this delicacy on to their children and grandchildren.

clip_image001[1]A close friend's granddaughter with her crab net at sunset, Navarre, 2010

NOTE: Requiem for The Beach will continue in the next post.

Celebrate with Grits

This July 4th, celebrate by including America’s “First Food,” grits.

For 401 years, Americans have been eating corn. It stands to reason that grits came into the culinary repertoire soon after that.

Thomas Jefferson served grits, according to Craig Claiborne, one of culinary America’s Founding Fathers and long-time food editor for The New York Times. So, serving grits on July 4th is really, well, kind of, the patriotic thing to do.

But soon after Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, a cultural event occurred that probably sealed grits’ becoming America’s First Food.

Twenty years after the American Revolution, in 1796, a young orphan lady named Amelia Simmons published a cookbook, America’s first one. [AmericanCookeryMSU4.jpg]Until then no cookbook dealt with the indigenous food ingredients available in America.

It took another 214 years for grits to leap from Southern comfort food to a central ingredient in some hifalutin recipes.

 

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Glorious Grits, a recent book by Susan McEwen McIntosh and presented by Southern Living, marks the turning point.

That publication took America from from Miss Amelia’s Indian Pudding to Asparagus-Grits Strata, Huevos Rancheros on Cilantro-Grits Cakes, French Onion Soup with Gruy√®re Grits Croutons, Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping (made with blue cornmeal), Burgundy Beef Stew with Cornmeal-Thyme Dumplings, Chutney Salmon with Almond-Raisin Grits, Anson Mills’ Black Truffle Grits, and many more.

But be aware that the Glorious Grits's recipes almost demand using sure enough stone ground grits. What's a cook to do?

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Wilsonville Grist Mill, McEwen & Sons 

Now, celebrate and

“Bon Appetit, Y'all.”

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