Thanks to Wendell’s Market in Oakdale I know that chocolate gravy may be what gets served alongside chicken-n-dumplins every day in Heaven. Chocolate gravy?!?! Yes, chocolate gravy. I used to be a frequent customer at Wendell’s when we lived in Oakdale (a tiny town north of Harriman, TN) and one day when I went in Wendell himself handed me a small bowl of it. When it hit my mouth my taste buds let out an audible cheer. I think I heard harps playing in the distance. I would have danced a jig, but I’m not sure what a jig is so I just swayed from side to side like a middle school boy at his very first dance.
I am thankful for Wendell’s Market for a much more important reason, too: they helped me take care of one of my wife’s cravings during her first few months of pregnancy. Four of our five children are adopted so we have only gone through one pregnancy. The craving that they helped me take care of was her desire for french fries one morning for breakfast. I guess I could have tried to make them myself, but my desire to do so was outmatched by my desire not to burn our house down. So I called Wendell and he said that he could hook us up.
For a while, I thought that I didn’t have any cravings, that I was immune to this phenomenon that seems to strike so many people. I was wrong. I do have cravings. They hit at the strangest times. They are uncotrollable and they insist on hanging around, sort of like hemorrhoids or acne.
Here are a few of my cravings (in no particular order):
1. Chicken-n-dumplins. Spelled just like that, no fancy “g” needed. If you spell it “chicken and dumplings,” you are probably someone who doesn’t eat them much. Or a Yankee. Down south we spell them chicken-n-dumplins and sing about the “pow’r in the blood” the way you’re supposed to.
2. Fried Bologna Sandwiches. Frying a food is the easiest way to make it simultaneously less healthy and better tasting. Bologna is one such food. So are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Snickers bars, and Twinkies. Don’t judge. I don’t eat this type of stuff oten because I have a good relationship with my heart. It has a good beat.
3. Pork Rinds. Maybe I don’t like my heart as much as I thought. We sometimes go to a large flea market about 20 minutes away from our house that has pork rinds of various flavors, including bacon. The red on my neck may night be bright, but it is surely there–the previous sentence proves it.
4. Chocolate covered raisins. I am perfectly aware that these look like goat poop and I am perfectly fine with that. It is the taste that matters. This also the healthiest food on this list.
5. Honey mustard. On just about anything. Chicken, sausage, broccoli, whatever. The Israelites would have never complained about manna if they had honey mustard to dip it in. I wonder if there is a version of the Bible that talks about a land flowing with milk and honey mustard. There should be.
6. Fiddle-Faddle. Or Crunch’n Munch. Or Cracker Jack. Really any type of caramel-coated popcorn and peanut is fine. I have honestly eaten a whole box of Fiddle-Faddle for lunch before. I was not having a good day. Afterward I had a great day to go along with an upset stomach. Some things are worth it.
7. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. Sometimes I will go for the chocolate iced, custard filled. Most of the time I stick with the glazed ones, hot and fresh. Plus, I like the way my 2-year-old says doughnuts. She replaces the “d” with an “n.” I giggle every time she says it.
These are the top seven things that I crave plus a list of reasons why I am overweight. Of course, there are a few other things that I crave, things that are far more serious.
I crave God–to know Him more fully and deeply.
I crave my wife–to be with her, to be close.
I crave my children–to hold them, to teach them, to learn from them.
I crave relationships–to know and be known by others in a deep and profound way.
These are often harder to satisfy than my food cravings and their importance is far greater. Our attention is often drawn to what is easy, not what is vital. May we order our lives in such a way as to satisfy the cravings that are significant and spend less time on those that are not.
(What do you crave–both the serious and not-so-serious?)