Sue Spitulnik

Flash Fiction and personal thoughts



Add Some Nuts

Today is National Walnut Day. I would guess, though I didn’t look it up, that walnuts are one of the most consumed nuts alongside the almond. Walnuts make a great addition to cookies, cakes, breads, and all by themselves are a protein filled healthy snack. What would trail mix be without them.

One of my family’s treats at Christmas time when I was little, was a full dish of assorted  nuts in the shell. We had two crackers and four meat picks. The four of us girls would eat the filberts first, then the almonds, then the walnuts. We would see if we could crack the walnut-shell open in order to get a complete half. Somehow they tasted better if they weren’t broken. How innocent the mind of a young person is to believe that. (I miss those days.)

Also at Christmas time, we gave home-made Mrs. Clause Fudge and date nut bread to the milkman, the paper boy, the post office employees, the Charlie Chip man, our teachers, and friends. Both of these contained walnuts. There wasn’t the concern then about nut allergies that there is now. To this day when I make date nut bread, I give half of it away so I don’t eat all of it because there is nothing better hot or cold, with lots of butter on it, especially if the dates are left in bite size chunks. Now my mouth is watering.

I don’t know too many cookies that aren’t better with a handful of chopped walnuts  thrown in the dough. And let’s not forget maple walnut ice cream; another one of my favorites. Can you tell I like food. It’s rough being one of those people who lives to eat and likes everything, well most everything.

Whatever your plans for the day, may I suggest you take a resealable sandwich bag full of walnuts with you. They are a much more healthy snack than that sugar filled coffee you pay five dollars for.

National Grab Some Nuts Day

So, do you know what kind of nuts are in the picture?  Are they all tree nuts?  Be honest.  Did you think of the actual meaning of nuts when you saw the word, or did you think of a bit of human/animal anatomy?

This day is a compilation of recognized types of nuts.  Almonds, walnuts, and hazel nuts are tree nuts. Peanuts are legumes.  The pods develop underground.  I had to look up the pictures to prove it to myself.

On to what you really thought of when you saw the name of the day.  The more I write, the more I notice about human nature.  Humans tend to see things in a sexual manner if at all possible.  No, I don’t have any proof of that; it is just an observation.

Outside the stock exchange in New York City there is a huge statue of an anatomically correct bull with long horns and huge “hangy-down things” under the tail.  When my adult son saw the statue he crawled under it to have his picture taken with the impressive pair.  Guys do things like that just like they look at a pretty female.  It doesn’t bother me.  I’m human too and my mind goes that direction also.

The next time you want a good source of protein, grab some nuts to eat.  Or, the next time you go to a baseball game, have a bag of peanuts.  It’s tradition!

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