Once upon a time my family went to a restaurant way up in Northern New Hampshire. My brother decided to get the “spaghetti and meatball” dinner. As he was looking at the menu before ordering, he remarked that it was interesting that they seemed to have forgotten the “s”. The meal came. There was no typo. There was just one solitary small meatball atop an ocean of spaghetti. The end.
It’s not a great story, but it’s the kind of thing that a 9 year old and a 7 year old found endlessly hilarious.
Of course that’s just me saying that I didn’t forget the “s” on link up in the title. I’m having a hell of a time trying to cut and paste links with my iPad, and that all I have here. Anyway, this is another Valentine’s Day one, but it was good enough to put the effort in. Amazon.com did 50 Great American Love Stories…one for each state.
I knew that Massachusetts would be “Love Story” and it was. Honestly I think they used “love stories” a little loosely, because I’ve read “The Virgin Suicides” and that was damn depressing (and don’t even get me started on Grapes of Wrath). I haven’t read too many of these….Florida (Their Eyes Were Watching God), Georgia (Gone With the Wind), Nebraska (My Antonia), Ohio (Beloved), Oklahoma (Grapes of Wrath), South Dakota (These Happy Golden Years), and Wisconsin (Blankets).
So that’s seven…and for someone as New England-centric as I am, they’re certainly all over the place. My favorite is certainly Their Eyes Were Watching God, and my least was Grapes of Wrath. I wish I had known earlier you could skip every other chapter. Sigh.