September is National Rice Month. Rice is the rare category in which Arkansas leads all other states.


There’s many different beliefs about rice that’s been passed on to each generation. The tradition of throwing rice at newly weds after the wedding. This ritual originally symbolized fertility. Today it symbolizes prosperity.


When we were kids, Mama cooked rice often…for breakfast. She always soaked it overnight, requiring less cooking time, but the Japanese believe soaking rice before cooking releases the life energy, and gives the person eating it a more powerful soul. The Japanese people are also known for giving their rice fields names as if they were people.


The Chinese have a saying…”A day without rice is like a beautiful woman without an eye.”


I once read that Louisiana Cajuns can look at the field of rice and tell how much gravy is needed to serve with that amount of rice when cooked.


I wonder what Daddy would have said back years ago if Mama had put gravy on the table and suggesting he spoon it over the rice she had prepared? Not only can I visualize the look on Daddy’s face, I can almost hear what he would say, but Mama would have never done that. We wanted sugar on our rice!


Mama knew…Daddy knew, and so did the five of us know that although rice may be the only cereal eaten with gravy for some…we weren’t about to “mess up” a delicious breakfast rice that Mama had cooked. All we wanted was milk and sugar and a little dab of butter.


MAY GOOD LUCK FOLLOW IN YOUR PATH


MAY SKIES AHEAD BE BLUE,


AND MANY JOYS FALL THICK AND FAST


LIKE SHOWERS OF RICE ON YOU.