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If I see one more book on Chicken Soup for anything I'm going to quit eating chicken all together! In my family it was "A bowl of Irish Stew" for the soul, or " A nice cup of hot tea" for the soul. But I don't see books flooding the shelves about them. They worked too, or at least my Grandmas' swore by them.
I tried these old fashioned soul cures on my Grandchildren but they didn't cure anything as well as "The Happy Meal Cure". These are desperate times and even I will resort to what works.
On bad days, when the computer tries to flat line, or the dog is realy trying to eat the cat, or writers' block has me pulling what little hair I have left, out, my dear Mother threatens to make up some chicken soup.
The threat usually works and I pull myself together. Those are "The Chicken Soup Days". My older sister doesn't call her bad days anything, according to her there are none in her life now that she has a new boyfriend.
My sister is a gormet cook and over feeds every body. She's estatic to have a consistant mouth to feed at last. We are happy for her, yes, yes, "He sounds wonderful", I say. She remaines the hopeless romantic. "Well got to go", she says, "Im making Chicken Soup for Nick". Silence, on my end of the phone, then I say "Oh, thats nice". Some things are best left unsaid.
I am not a gormet cook, but am better at cooking than relationships. The last boyfriend I had thought Hemingway was a sewing technique. "No", I said, "He's a famouse author, and wrote my favorite book "A Moveable Feast"! "Oh, a cook book"?, he asks. Silence again from me.
He didn't last long and I just gave up ever finding my soul mate. That was five years ago, it's been pleasantly uncomplicated since. I got a male Doxie to assure the bliss would remain, as he would repulse even the most love sick Romeo. As only Doxie owners would know.
This year I will paruse the book stores again. I'm prepaired to with-stand "The Chicken Soup" thing. Christmas is a time of forgiveness, and while I'm at the Mall I'll try the Grandkids "Happy Meal Cure"

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The following comments are for " Chicken Soup For The?"

So true.
Nancy L Baker,

Well, there were a few spelling and grammer errors, but the article itself was interesting. I agree the "chicken soup" thing is out of control. I liked it alot.


( Posted by: Drastine [Member] On: November 11, 2002 )

nice and true
mom good article and wow is that true and being your doughter i would realy know...
keep up the good work
and remember that it is the point you make. not the grammer and spelling that you use..
love jj

( Posted by: jenniferzlomke [Member] On: November 11, 2002 )

Not sure I got the reference
I have to say that the Chicken Soup thing here was totally lost on me - I must have missed this particular craze. But I think I can still see what you're saying, and I can agree with and appreciate it. And I smiled at the bit about Hemmingway too. :)
It needs editing, but overall I think it's well written. I think it would work quite well in a magazine.

( Posted by: Spudley [Member] On: November 12, 2002 )

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