(See the January 31, 2011 Review here.)
On certain Saturdays at noon, Backyard Barbecue roasts an entire pig in the parking lot out front. Today, it was a 60 pounder, and they were selling fantasticÂ Pulled Pork Sandwiches ($6.99), tonged straight from the pig, with a little tub of pretty good cole slaw.
My young adversary and I had gone out to play tennis, but he’d missed breakfast and was starving. We cut our drill session short (after about 15 minutes of lethargy), then went and grabbed a couple of these sandwiches. Served on a medium-sized soft roll and generously sauced (unless you ask them not to), this perfect pulled pork sandwich is just enough for a moderate lunch.
After our sandwich, we went back and played some more tennis, and now he’s sitting downstairs, foot propped up, with ice on his ankle – but at least he’s not hungry!
A personal note of thanks to Anne-Marie Schmidt, who wrote me a month after my beloved mom passed away to see how I was doing. There’s a special tradition in Ireland called the Month’s Mind – a mass said for someone who passes a month afterwards. “In my personal experience I have felt that after a month people around you forget â€“ and forget to ask, ‘howâ€™s it going?'” she said.
Not soon to be forgotten by me, and I’ll add that if anyone reading this knows of someone who has recently suffered the loss of a loved one, please check up on them to see how they’re doing. I learned, years ago, that it’s always appreciated – even if it’s just a five-word email.