A few days ago, a colleague asked me if I had ever eaten sardines. That question took me back about 45 years or so as I recalled the field chopping days in Mississippi. When the field hands broke for lunch, the delicacies that were sold were Vienna sausage, potted meat, and sardines (along with crackers, of course). Honey buns or cowboy cookies were dessert items. The field truck driver would find a shady spot under a big tree to escape the 100 plus degree heat as the workers lined up to make their purchases. The bare ground served as the luncheon table with the spreading of an outer garment as the tablecloth. Those sardines had a stinky smell, but they were needed nourishment and a way of life for many Black families who chopped cotton to put food on their tables. Some memories never fade even when they are ones that you wish to forget!
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