Life and Cabbages
They say when life hands us lemons, we should make lemonade, so it stands to reason if life hands us cabbages, then we should make sauerkraut.
Sometimes the circumstances that life throws at us cannot be made into anything so sweet and refreshing as lemonade. No, sometimes life situations are so bad and so filled with sorrow that we cannot make anything immediately good from them.
When life throws us cabbages instead of lemons, we should take out our sharpest, most wicked kitchen cleavers and start hacking the daylights out of those cabbages. Then we should gather up the shreads of cabbage and stuff them into thick earthenware jars. If someone has thrown salt in our wounds, we should take some of that salt and toss it into the jars along with the cabbage and shove it all into some dark corner of the cellar.
And then we should go away and leave them for a while.
Usually, when we shove the painful situations of our lives into the dark recesses of our souls, they ferment. Eventually, we realize we have to deal with those situations, and we pull out our memories of them, like those earthenware jars, lift off the lids, and get hit in the face with a bad smell.
But when the air clears, we realize that what we thought were nasty, rotted cabbages have actually transformed into something that is quite good for us — something even more beneficial than lemonade.
Sauerkraut is a little like wisdom in that respect.
Now let’s grill up some brats to go with that sauerkraut.
ljg (c) 2013