In the story “Without A Country” meal time was family time. The food on the table came from the hands of the family back in the 1860’s. Will and Suzanne didn’t go to the grocery store to stock up on green beans and corn meal. They didn’t head to Quick Trip for milk. And they didn’t swing by McDonald’s or Subway on their way home from work. Their meals and their survival were the result of sweat – their sweat.
Lizzy and Caroline worked along side their mother Suzanne in the garden. Pulling weeds and helping with the harvest put food on the table. Will plowed the field, tended the animals, butchered the hog and hunted up on the mountain ridges. Everyone played a part in producing the meal that was on the table.
Each meal was the reward for all their hard work. It was a time to fill their stomachs. They grew to depend on one another. Life was good when they all pulled together.
The Golden Arches didn’t exist back then – but, Lizzy and Caroline enjoyed many Happy Meals in the cabin two miles up the valley from Valle Crucis, North Carolina.