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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Texas in my Chili--Really!

By Tamra Norton

So the other day I was fixing lunch for the kids (chili mac--a staple at our house), and when I opened the can of chili and took off the lid, I found something very interesting--the state of Texas--really. I found Texas in my chili. Apparently a hunk of chili fell from the top, center of the can, which resulted in an almost perfectly shaped cut-out of the state of Texas (where we happen to live AND where this particular can of chili was made.


Now I know what you're thinking. What in the heck does this have to do with writing? Well, my friends, I'll tell you...


Was it simply a coincidence that I found Texas in my chili? I think not!


A miracle? Ummmmm...okay, so not exactly...


But was it incredible? Astonishing? Fantastic? Sure, why not. My kids and I got a huge kick out of it.


Personally (and please, don't read too much in to this like Tami has turned coo-coo-nutzo or anything), I think it's a sign from the heavens telling me that my little ol' "fairy tale" manuscript from this little ol' author from Texas is going to be picked up by some fancy schmancy agent, and shopped around to some fancier schmancier east coast publishing house. And the end result will be something much more incredible than a hill'a chili beans.


Just sayin'...

7 comments:

Jewel's Gems said...

Of course you're not crazy, Tami;o)
Cool can of chili!

Marcia Mickelson said...

How funny. That does look like Texas. I think your 'fairy tale' will come true.

David G. Woolley said...

Build the can into a shrine. Leave some beads. Light some candles. Tell the local TV news to bring the sattelite truck. Its an apparition. A sure fire holy place. Saint hood sister. Saint hood.

Tamra Norton said...

Dang it, David. I should have consulted you first!!! In our hunger-induced state of poor judgement we went ahead and ate the dang chili. Even threw away the can. WHAT WERE WE THINKING?!

Well, we still have pictures...

Shirley Bahlmann said...

Tami, that's hilarious! It reminds me a little of when I got my VERY FIRST box of books, reverently lifted out the top one, opened it with shaking fingers... and all the pages between the covers were upside down!
(Unlike your can of chili, I still have the book.)
Fairy tales rule! I expect to see you on Oprah, girl.

Anne Bradshaw said...

You're a genius, Tami! I wouldn't even have noticed if my chili had a hole, let alone which State it looked like :-)

Nancy Campbell Allen said...

Tami, you could make, like, a gajillion dollars on ebay with that!

But I also like the shrine idea...