You never know how some random moment from your past will influence the present. Case in point, today at lunch the TV where I was sitting had on the Food Network where re I was sitting had on the Food Network and Ree Drummond, the”Pioneer Woman” was fixing a dish with canned Cannellini Beans and Kale or Spinach or the like and people nearby were yumming and licking their chops at the pretty pinkish beans with a forest green accompaniment, but my gag reflex kicking in as it took me back to a childhood moment I wish I could forget.
The reason I felt like a kitten about to cough up a furball is that Cannellini beans look very similar to a Daddy Long Legs Spider. I guess technically they are not a spider although it is an arachnid called Harvestman Arachnid . Where I grew up they were abundant where I lived, but my Mom told me they didn’t bite and were “good” spiders (is there really such a thing?).
It was a hot Summer day when I was a pre-schooler and my Mom used to babysit. I went to see what one of the older males as doing on the sidewalk and I wandered over to check it out. It was not until I got there I realized he was pulling the legs off of a Daddy Long Leg Spider and was horrified until it had none. I put myself in the spider’s shoes and I wondered what I would do and how I would survive if I had no arms or legs and had a meltdown yelled at him how cruel it was. He then stomped the crippled arachnid and walked off and I was mortified.
I went to my Mom and was sobbing so hard she understand me. She said lunch was ready and I would feel better after I ate. What did we have for lunch? A little bit of ham and Cannellini Beans that looked just like the bodies of the arachnid. Her ham and beans looked like a stew of cruelty to me. I ended up being relegated to a nap and I was fine with that. I refused to eat it and I haven’t eaten a version that looked like it to this day. I can handle Cannellini Beans if they are part of a mixture that resembles nothing like a Daddy Long Legs, but
What did we have for lunch? A little bit of ham and t Cannellini Beans hat looked just like the bodies of the arachnid (see an example picture below). Her ham and beans looked like a stew of cruelty to me. I ended up being relegated to a nap after refusing to eat and I was fine with that. I haven’t eaten a version that looked like it to this day. I can handle Cannellini Beans if they are part of a mixture that resembles nothing like a Daddy Long Legs, like in a Chili or Stew, but if I see a dish that resembles the picture above and below I get creeped out and nauseous.