The P.A.

A weekly address from Patrick Adams,
President of St. Louis Community Credit Union

The Real Pioneers

On August 7th, 2017, posted in: Just Because, Uncategorized by

covered wagonsI often think about our pioneers. I mean the real pioneers. As an example, take the “way-back” machine to the days when people were determining what foods could be eaten. Can you imagine?

Imagine the conversations. “You see that white thing that just came out of that bird over there…think we can eat it?” “If we catch that thing that is oinking and on the run, we’ll cook it and eat the heck out of it.” Really. How’d they know that they weren’t going to keel over dead after a big bite? These are real pioneers. Folks who determined that bacon and eggs were good, savory and tasty took the real chances. Somebody determined there were pork steaks, and they would be great for barbecuing. How’d they know that good, healthy food existed on those snooty, oinking, dirty, fat, roll-around-in-the-mud creatures? How could they tell?

Who bit into a cauliflower for the first time? Can we agree on his/her greatness? Same with an onion — don’t you think someone should be acknowledged? Cabbage doesn’t look very inviting in its natural agrarian habitat, yet somebody said, “Let’s boil that stuff and eat the heck out of it. Oh, you don’t like it boiled — well, let’s eat it raw.” Or that fish caught out in the pond? Aren’t some fish poisonous? How’d they know that it wasn’t one of the poisonous fish? Come on, people — these pioneers were some of the greatest.

Were there food testers? You know, a group of locals (maybe) that would give it a shot? They put their lives on the line for their community in order to ensure everyone received the sustenance necessary to carry on the rigors of pioneer life.

Who, for the very first time, said let’s eat tuna rare? Or which pioneer had the idea that we might be able to find meat that tastes like a chicken inside of an alligator? I digress — who first thought that eating the bird that laid the eggs might actually be a great Sunday meal (after the eggs were laid)? And how’d they figure out that inside the peanut was oil that might be a great thing to heat up and drop the bird into for that lunch? How’d they know to take off the feathers? These are real pioneers.

Somebody figured out that corn wasn’t a weed and that poison ivy was. To discover that coconuts have both meat and milk inside must have been a pioneer’s dream come true. Or how about that dude who first shoved a blackberry into his mouth? Or who figured out that lobster would be worthy of ingesting through one’s pie hole? OMG.

Join me in thanking some of these truly great pioneers — people whose very existence depended on whether or not they found food. They had no knowledge or a book to help. They were on their own. They figured out not to eat worms, but snails might taste good.

How in the heck did they do that?

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