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Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese………

March 9, 2012

Photo compliments of Campbells Soup

I just found out that someone that I care a great deal about is very sick.

“It’s amazing just how quickly your whole life can change,” is a phrase that I have repeated far too often this month. And it is amazing. How quickly these delicate lives of ours can change. In an instant.

What does that have to do with Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, you ask? Welllll, just about absolutely everything.

About a month ago, my son asked me what tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches taste like together. Yes, I have admittedly failed him as a parent.

“They are all sorts of fabuloso,” I exclaimed. The poor kid got to hear all about how I grew up on tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches and Sprite. How saltine crackers are the best accompaniment and how Cheetos aren’t bad either. How oyster crackers stink because the poor babies are just too thick. How, when I was sick, not even penicillin could cure me as quickly as a can of Campbells and some Kraft singles melted perfectly between two buttered slices of Wonder bread.

It took my husband decades to learn the exact composition of milk and warmth that would soothe my woes and speed my recovery. I was like Goldilocks – this is too hot – this is too cold. Then, finally he heard the magic words, “oh, my dear, this is just right. I feel better already”.

The day my son asked me about the mythical combination was a warm winter day. Hardly worthy of tomato soup introduction. So I said, “sometime I will make it for you”.

Now the daffodils are blooming and winter promises to soon be barely a memory. I missed a chance to share some cheesey tomatoey goodness with my son on a blistery day. To create memories for him and relive memories for me.

And I am reminded that he will leave for college before I know it and that, while some may be better than others, there probably isn’t a bad day to make tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.

So, today I hope I remember to slow down enough to smell the tomato soup and that life doesn’t change too quickly for me to enjoy it.

(By the way, the picture is from AllRecipes/Campbell’s recipe site. Yum, right?)

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 21, 2012 5:08 pm

    Oh, Ellen. How do I say this nicely? I have enjoyed getting to know you a little through the writers’ group and your blogging and I think you are an exceptional person with multiple talents. And I totally agree with the sentiment expressed here, that kind of food, though not all that healthy, is wonderful tasting when you’re under the weather.
    BUT….Campbell’s?!?!? Oh man, I’ve been crusading against them for years, decades even. The irresponsibility of marketing to children and to caring moms a product that contains so many bad elements. Granted tomato is one of the least offensive but any company that still adds a known carcinogen to their product, forty years after the proof is in, is as callous and low as a company can get. The extreme amounts of sodium, mono sodium glutamate, and sugars all carefully designed to elicit what amounts to chemical dependence…there’s simply no excuse.
    These companies could be designing processed foods that actually nourish and aid the body but they persist with their 60’s era philosophy that as long as they are not forced to stop poisoning people, they will continue to make a profit from this laboratory-created so-called “food”.

    • March 22, 2012 5:31 am

      You have ruined tomato soup for me forever. 8-(

      • March 26, 2012 2:56 pm

        Yeah, I was a little rough. That darn soapbox I have to get on every once in a while. Make your next Tomato Soup in your Vitamix so you can control the ingredients! Ah well, it’s all due to all the healthy eating stuff I’ve been learning but I shouldn’t turn into the Food Patrol! Forgive me!

      • March 27, 2012 7:34 am

        That’s alright – we all have our hot buttons~ Whatever happened with that seminar? Are you in?

  2. March 9, 2012 11:29 pm

    We are a huge grilled cheese and tomato soup comfort food kind of family … great blog post!

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