Saturday, April 13, 2013

NaPoWriMo Day Thirteen: bigger than a lasagna

bigger than a lasagna

One night
I decided to introduce my friend Gary
to Hungry Howie's

He ordered the baked ziti
with the Howie bread
When he opened the box he said

"That's bigger than a lasagna!"
And I choked on my coke.
"What are you talking about?"

"This bread, it's huge!
It's bigger than a lasagna!"
"What lasagna, Gary?"

"My lasagna, my bread is bigger than my lasagna!"
"I told you it was big."
"But that is really big bread!"

We finished our food
And for the rest of the night I laughed off and on
A lasagna.

The bread was unexpected
the word was unexpected
and 15 years later, it still makes me laugh.

It has become what I look for in life
the funny unexpected, the memorable,
the common surprises that are the everyday miracles.

I like the twist ending
I like the happy cry
and I even like the sad reminders that we're human

and I love my Gary,
and the giggles that last for years
and I love my lasagna.

heidi
written 4/13/13 and submitted to 

linked 4/17/13 to dVerse Open Link Night

If you ever wondered "why bigger than a lasagna?" Here's your answer. It is off prompt from NaPoWriMo, but I woke up and wrote this one this morning right away. I hope you like it and that you are having a great weekend!

32 comments:

  1. nice...so good to hear the story...the everyday miracles....yeah..surely they're what make life worth living...smiling

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    1. Hi Claudia! Thanks for dropping in. I just had to tell this story this morning. I must have needed a reminder. I am happy that you liked it.

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  2. I agree, its always wonderful to see the small things in life, for on the small things is built the big things, things sometimes bigger and sometimes smaller then lasagna.

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    1. Hi Listeningdaisy! Welcome to the lasagna. I am glad you liked the post. This blog is a good way for me to look for the small things.

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  3. Hugs to you, Darrell, Aoife, Eli and friend Gary.

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    1. Hi Tutta! Love you and hugs back!

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  4. I certainly have wondered about the origin of this phrase! Thanks for answering my question. Oh, and I'm sorry for being absent -- I switched from Google Reader to Bloglovin and, in the process, didn't get every blog moved over; yours was one of the missing ones and I just realized that. The situation has been corrected and I'll be back to annoy you more regularly. :)

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    1. Hi Ally! Always nice to see you here! Did you find me on Bloglovin'? I've never been able to. I knew that you were having a busy time at work lately, and I figured that was cutting into your blog reading time as well. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Memories are beautiful things that we can pull out any time like treasures in a box and enjoy the moment over and over.

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    1. Hi Gail! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. My favorite memories are ones like these that are rather silly.

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  6. I have never thought of that! In Norwegian, everyone say "a lasagna". I think. But I grasp the silliness when trying to formulate "many lasagnas". It is like saying "many foods"! It is stupid! I have never got it, before now. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Anders, and welcome! I love how some things make complete sense in one language and almost none in others. Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting.

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  7. Aww, the story behind the blog name. I love it. I don't think there's really a story behind my blog's name. But there is a story behind my URL, involving a waitress :)

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    1. Hi Bone! So of course I went back and looked up your URL, and I had to laugh. I suspect that would be an interesting read. Oh, and thanks for getting the Jan version of "Son of a Preacher Man" stuck in my head >:s. (I was also inspired by your emoticon post)

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    1. Hi Festival King, welcome to the lasagna. I am glad that you liked it.

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  9. :D

    Very happy and cheerful poem. Thanks for sharing this. :)

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    1. Welcome to the lasagna Ravenblack! I am glad you enjoyed it.

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  10. Thank you for the history of your blog name ~ I initially thought you were a food blogger ~ Smiles ~

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    1. Hi Heaven! Thanks for stopping by. I would love to have the skills to be a food blogger, although my favorite one right now is http://thugkitchen.com/. It is so funny and I think every other word is profane (which fits in with my sense of humor). I was also confused for a porn site early on. I think the name can be interpreted as provocative.

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  11. This is such a sweet story. I enjoyed it, and it made me feel warm inside.

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    1. Thank you Mary! It made you feel warm inside...I really like that, what a sweet thing to let me know...and always a sign of good lasagna.

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  12. A wonderful laugh--and something true about life here as well. I was also thinking this morning of the everyday miracles we overlook--the unexpected phrase or thought, the fact that some guy puts seed out for birds to eat, bread that's bigger than a lasagna. Very well done!

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    1. Good morning Nico! I had just looked in my reader and saw that you had a new post. I am glad that you liked this poem. It is a good reminder to me to be mindful of what is extraordinary and funny in my life. Thank you for the visit and I am glad that you could relate to it.

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    1. Thank you aquadragonfruit (awesome name) and welcome to the lasagna. I think I ended up writing a little love poem to my blog.

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  14. Great great to hear the back story behind the blog name!

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    1. Thank you, it's a favorite story of mine.

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  15. I've always wondered where your blog name came from, Heidi--what a wonderful moment of serendipity.

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