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Shari Popejoy

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December 17, 2011

Countdown #18; Some Like It Hot!

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Can’t believe that a week ago I’d never tasted Indian cuisine.

Evidently it’s in the top three choices in international foods, with French and Chinese. . . I would have guessed Mexican!

Last week we took Laurel out for dinner. We thought we’d go to a Chinese buffet, but she had eaten lunch there with some friends. . . so we stalled while we drove around throwing out suggestions, Marc getting hungrier by the minute.

Finally after dismissing every idea, I mentioned that I’d been wanting to try a little restaurant that a friend had recommended. Marc didn’t sound excited, but because he was really hungry by this time, he agreed.

The menu was foreign with entrees like chicken biryani, or tikka masala, with words like tandoori. . .

And there was no mention of sirloin, rib-eye, or t-bone anywhere. . . poor Marc.

He ordered something that sounded like it had some beef in it. . . and it came out in a bowl looking like stew. . . or vomit. . .

He was a good sport. Laurel and I felt like we had come home. How had we missed out on Indian cuisine all these years? Our taste buds loved the flavors. Seasonings like turmeric, cumin, ginger, coriander, curry and saffron. . . yum!

Fortunately the portion they served was enough to warm up for two more meals later, and each time I ate it, I savored it, realizing that I’d never get to go back there again. . . Marc was not impressed!

Well. . . tonight, he invited me out on another date, and you will never guess where he took me. . .  I know. I couldn’t believe it. The Indian restaurant! He smiled at my excitement, and ordered something that had swordfish, lamb, and seafood, and all kinds of seared meat. . . and he acted like it was delicious!

After twenty-eight years, my meat and potato, plain-vanilla-kind-of-guy can still surprise me! Never thought I’d step inside that restaurant again with Marc! But there we sat giving each other adoring glances over curry and turmeric!

If you are in a season where you are disappointed, and it feels like you are so far apart in interests and attraction with your husband, or you can’t seem to connect and find common ground. . . don’t despair. Hold on. If you can get past the rough parts, it gets good again. In fact, it gets better than good! You might discover some spiciness and tangy flavors that you never knew existed!


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About the Author

Shari Popejoy
Shari Popejoy is the author of the book Won Without Words, and the blog Won Without Words, encouragement to wives. She writes the Livingstone Library, an adventure series for young people, and the blog Oh Joy!, (injoyinc.com/oh/) for busy moms. She is a frequent contributor to Christian print and online magazines, and writes from the quiet country of the Ozarks, where she lives with her husband, Marc, and their three children. You can find out all about her at sharipopejoy.com!


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