My mother wouldnt cast out leftover baguette but my father hated the dry, hard remainders. Their answer was strange, but saved their relationship
Two years after the end of the crusade, but still during rationing, my mothers married. They had never lived together, or even had sex; parties didnt in those dates. They had invested a few weeks for a couple of summertimes under the close observation of my grandparents. And then, the next September, there they were married and on their way to Scotland.
Two thoughts happened on that honeymoon: my father been observed that my mother eat like a sparrow, even on a farm where the bacon and eggs werent rationed. And my mother get cystitis, the honeymoon canker which ought, more properly, to be called the No honeymoon disease. And no honeymoon was what they proceeded to have for the next 47 years.
Which is not to say they didnt adore each other. It was just more a wedding of imaginations than of stomach or any other body role. My baby did enjoy certain kinds of prepare, principally where it reckoned to physics and chemistry, so she liked acquiring jam-pack and bottling fruit, and she did both very well. One of the few harmonious reminiscences I have are of morello cherry-red season, when my father would informant luggage soggy with crimson fruit and settle down in the kitchen to stone them with a special contraption he had bought for the purpose.
Marriages, those that last regardless, is fraught with accommodations. In our household, I am the person who is inherited my daddies fervour for bread that is crusty, chewy and soft. I have subsisted happily on bread and return in Russia, Greece, Paris and Venice, where the bread has an extraordinary chalky texture, remains fresh for approximately half a instant, but can be conveniently acquired even from top-floor openings by letting down a basket on a string when the bringing comes by. I also keep the freezer stuffed with the many species of bread, moves and viennoiserie collected on my travels.
To my husband, dough is always a poverty-stricken second to a bowl of boiled potatoes, and on the rare party when boiled potatoes wont do say, at breakfast time, as a pulpit for Marmite and butter he likes a spelt cake that starts out hard and dry and is then charred and left to cool, precisely to make sure nobody else could possibly wishes to steal it.
But there “theres going”, at some spot you have to say either, OK, this is it, we are totally incompatible, this was a horrific mistake and they are able to have the floor polisher if I can have the piano. Or “theyre saying”, Look, we are perfectly complementary like Platos two halves, who spend their lives and pursuit the whole Earth to find somebody who shares none of their experiences or interests at all . How lucky we are to find a partner who knows about everything that leaves us strict with wearines, can do everything that stumps us, and who will never, ever run out of mesmerizing new trues to channel. We will always have the other point of view conveniently to hand, and will always get to eat all our favourite meat, because the other would chew on her own toes rather than share them.
On childhood expeditions to France, my mothers parsimony represented she couldnt accept to throw away the left-over baguette, and my fathers wanting for freshness couldnt bear it dry and hard. One summer I went into their room after unpacking my luggage and determined half a loaf from noon, shut in a plastic bag with a rubber band, moving in the hotel washbasin. Nothing enjoyed the soggy-crusted, splintery sandwiches we had next day, but their marriage was still intact.
Mr Fixit and I are far less mutually altering. And we have that freezer, its contents ready segmented to cater for every caprice, and now also altering the teens morning bagels and Goswells seedy bread for sandwiches. We all delight ourselves, more or less, we even buy salted butter( for me) and unsalted( for him) and horrible spread for the vegan teenager. In our world view, were generating each other impunity in interesting thing, and picking our battles where it genuinely contents. But then, we havent lived through a war.