Have hope for fu­ture

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

With all that is go­ing on in the world to­day and es­pe­cially the tur­moil in our coun­try, I was thank­ful to read Brenda Looper’s col­umn in the July 19 pa­per on fo­cus­ing on the good things of life. That view is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly blocked by men­dac­ity, the lack of hon­esty.

Hav­ing passed the three-quar­ter-cen­tury pe­riod of my life, I can look back on those times when life was good, the so-called good old days, which I truly be­lieve they were, given the cur­rent drama and men­dac­ity in our coun­try. Food has a par­tic­u­lar way in bring­ing back good mem­o­ries.

I re­mem­ber way back when my ma­ter­nal grand­fa­ther took us for a walk to get ice cream. We got dou­ble scoops of vanilla on a cone. Af­ter that day, vanilla, es­pe­cially good vanilla, be­came my all-time fa­vorite. That taste was reawak­ened by a ven­dor one day in Wash­ing­ton State Park near Hope, where my wife and I went to at­tend a Civil War re-en­act­ment. Boy, was that good!

I can re­mem­ber walk­ing down the street in our neigh­bor­hood in Chicago around sup­per­time and en­joy­ing those mar­velous aro­mas from many dif­fer­ent eth­nic groups.

Fi­nally, as a young­ster, there were Satur­days at my ma­ter­nal grand­mother’s house. She baked and cooked and cre­ated mar­velous del­i­ca­cies. My broth­ers and I bi­cy­cled over, and although we knew she would rather have been left alone, she treated us to some of what was be­ing made.

Re­mem­ber the past, but have hope for the fu­ture. GE­ORGE WILKEN Lit­tle Rock

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