Episode 22: Of Rice and Men

Harry is not from Louisiana for nothing and he’s a master of atonement.

At present, he’s toying with the idea of flying medical supplies into malaria-infested, equatorial Africa, except for the slight complications that, first, he can’t fly, and, second, he doesn’t speak Swahili all that well. And then there’s always the sugar content of his skin, a virtual magnet for every bloodsucker in a hundred mile radius. Harry wouldn’t last ten minutes on the equator and he knows it.

And so, he sits and grieves and plans his lonely meals for one. One box of rice cooked in its entirety on a Sunday will feed a sorrowing man for the whole week. Not well. Not with any pretense of appetite or pleasure. But he won’t starve.

Then the second week he might throw in a teaspoon of dried dill weed, or a sprig of parsley, maybe a thinly sliced sweet onion sautéed in extra-virgin olive oil with a pressed garlic clove and a tablespoon of dry sherry. He can always garnish it with freshly grated Romano or Fontina.

And as long as he’s got out the Italian cheeses he might as well use up that box of noodles left over from the hazelnut lasagna Sam made just before she … choke … left.

Previously on The Rocky Road of Love… Episode 1: One Fine Day. Episode 2: Fate and Chèvre. Episode 3: The Rocky Road Ahead. Episode 4: Could This Be Lunch? Episode 5: I Only Have Eyes for Stew. Episode 6: Harry in Love. Episode 7: Dinner for Two. Episode 8: Sam, Line 2. Episode 9: Romance at Home. Episode 10: Barbecue, Beans, and Slow-Pitch Softball. Episode 11: Play Ball! Episode 12: How ‘Bout Them Dawgs! Episode 13: Mercy! Episode 14: Harry Gets Mad! Episode 15: Harry and the Hopelessly Inadequate Ballet Buffet. Episode 16: And Now Sam’s Mad! Episode 17: The Last Goodbye. Episode 18: The Big Breakup. Episode 19: Chocolate on Her Mind. Episode 20: Life without Harry. Episode 21: Life without Sam.

Up next … Episode 23: Lasagna to the Rescue!

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