Food on Fridays: Say Something Clever


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Food on Fridays with Ann

Not long ago, some friends and I had brunch at Bloomington’s Scholars Inn. We sat on an enclosed porch surrounded by windows, basking in the richness of friendship, conversation, and food.I ordered “Eggs Michelle”: smoked salmon, asparagus, and a poached egg arranged on a toasted English muffin and covered with Béarnaise sauce.Big wooden letters tacked above the windows spelled out, “Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever. Aristophanes c. 450 – 385.”From where I was sitting, the main words I could see were “say something clever.”We relaxed as shafts of morning light warmed our sweaters and hair, and the few times I glanced at those words, I thought how freeing it is to sit with friends so trusted, so close, so safe, that any urge to be clever flows not from a need to amuse or entertain, but from the ease and delight of simply hearing each other laugh.


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  • Comments

    1. What a lovely post! And your lunch looks delicious :) Thank you for hosting.

    2. Sounds wonderful! I’ve never heard of Eggs Michelle. Have a great weekend, Susie

    3. Reminds me of sharing meals at Laity with good friends like you!

    4. How often have I wished that I could “Say something clever.” Sometimes it happens just out of the blue without even trying, how I love that. Inspiration might be another word for saying something clever. Never thought of it that way.
      Thanks Ann for a delightful post and food for thought!

    5. The Eggs Michelle look so delicious! Thanks for hosting Ann!

    6. The people I laugh the hardest with seem to be the ones who like me even on my off days. My hardest laughs have always been with my Mom. She is the funniest person I know without even trying… A very elegant woman with a keen mind but a willingness to let down her guard. I knew I’d met my husband when I laughed so hard Pepsi flew out of all facial orifices.

    7. Friends don’t demand that we entertain them. That’s a great thing for me to remember. Ease and delight,yes.

    8. Okay, so that Aristophanes quote cracked me up. I hope I will be clever enough to use it in conversation sometime because it’s flippin’ funny. And then of course everyone at the table will think I’m clever and brilliant, which is always a nice thing. (I think maybe I haven’t quite grasped the point of your post here…)


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