Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"Catch 'em if you still can" a quote from Jarvis DeBerry




Sikeston, MO
Sikeston, MO
Old Man and Old Woman had driven on Interstate 55 many times, too many to mention.  This time they were driving from Beaumont, Texas, the day after Christmas. Christmas in Beaumont with Golden Boy, their youngest son, had been painful and disappointing for too many reasons to count.

Old Woman strongly suggested they stop and get some food.  Old Man said he was just fine, and she could wait a while.  Old Woman replied in no uncertain language that they had better stop or there’d be pee all over Old Man’s precious car.

Lambert is a former Sikeston Bulldog football, wrestling and track coach.
Passing by Sikeston, Missouri, a sign announced “Home of the Throwed Roll”, and this would suit them both just fine, since they weren’t talking with each other at this time. Old Man parked his precious car, and Old Woman got out even before the engine stopped running.  By the time Old Man had opened his door and slammed it, Old Woman was inside and sitting at a table, menu in hand.

The Throwed Roll was unusually quiet this day right after Christmas which suited Old Man just fine with his failing hearing.  Old Woman could have done with some laughing and people around, since she enjoyed visiting with people on next table over or behind.

A chirpy little waitress named Patty took their order of ham and beans for Old Man, and turkey with stuffing for Old Woman.  Old Man canceled his order and instead asked for meatloaf, after Old Woman announced that she wasn’t going to ride with someone who had just eaten beans.

Plates delivered and Patty asked if they would like some rolls.  Why, yes, Old Woman nodded.  Patty called to Norman Lambert, owner of the restaurant, for rolls and Patty moved out of the way.  You’d better get ready, she whispered as Norman launched the first roll to Old Woman, who had excellent reflexes.

The soft-ball sized roll hit her hand with a WHAP, just like being caught in a ball mitt. Then Old Man caught his roll, barely containing it. Patty set a bowl of  smooth butter and a jar of molasses on their table, asking if they’d like to put some on their roll.  Why, yes, Old Man nodded. Patty wiped her hands on her apron, and then burrowed her index finger into each roll.  Then Patty slathered a sizable amount of butter in the well, followed by thin line of molasses easing out from about a foot above.

Norman Lambert

Old Man and Old Woman gasped and then laughed, finally making eye contact. Three rolls later they were back on the I-55, heading home, talking to each other like old couples do.

Throwed Rolls has probably saved many relationships over the years.

My parents are Old Man and Old Woman.  

21 comments:

  1. Sounds like a fun place....I wonder how many rolls hit the floor?

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  2. No catch and release, just catch and chow down.

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  3. Hmmm. Don't think I could get my partner through the door. He is an inconsistent soul - he loved a Japanese restaurant where the food was tossed to patrons who held up hopeful bowls...

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  4. I would've been good up until the point when the waitress put her finger in my roll. But that was an amusing story.

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    1. As my dad told this to me, I was good up to that point, too. But, then again, this is Missouri.

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    1. They visited Throwed Roll several times after. I wish I could have joined them.

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  6. I'd feel more comfortable about that if a knife or spoon had been used on the rolls instead of a finger.

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    1. It was early 90s, in rural Missouri. At least Patty wiped her hands first.

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    2. No, change that to late-70s

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  7. Sounds delicious and fun. Then again, I'm a total carb addict.

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  8. Logic can only stretch so far but human beings have to have emotional outbursts. Kudos to throwed rolls!

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    1. Apparently throwing rolls is still going.

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  9. Sounds like a very entertaining place. Would definitely give you something else to talk about!

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    1. My parents were seldom surprised by much, so this was a good moment.

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  10. Whirling tampons made me laugh, I'd certainly never thought of them as playthings.

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    1. I know, right?! These girls are creative.

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