What would you order as a last meal?”
I really had to think about this one. Since I was not sure what I would answer (or if someone thought I should be on death row), rather than the tired I don’t know, I asked a few other people.
Disgusting, but True
The more novel answers I got were of combinations of favorite foods and well-thought-out meals:
- Tacos and Mac & Cheese
- Philly steak and Mac & Cheese
- Three Reubens, Crowder peas and strawberry short cake
- Baby back ribs, cole slaw and fries (Can you tell I was asking Americans?)
- Pastas, bread sticks, soup and pie
- Chocolate with whipped cream and/or vanilla ice cream covered in strawberries
- Pot roast, pan-seared veggies, NY style cheesecake
- Chinese buffet
Why In the World?
Being of curious nature, I simply could not leave this question to stand alone once I got the answers. You guessed it! Like a four-year-old, I asked, “Why?”
Because I like it.
The mixed-up, indigestion-causing Americans all told me the same thing: Favorite foods. The comfort of having something we really enjoy makes stomaching the tough times (understatement, another talent) easier.
Fill me up.
This answer struck me as odd. So, I asked a second time, “Why?” The second answer was no less strange, but explained much.
If my belly is full, I will want to take a nap. If I sleep, I do not have to face dying awake.”
The reason behind this one was very simple: You end a meal with dessert. Why not end your life on a sweet note?
I have all day.
For the roast and veggies inmate, the reason was logical and shifty: I want something that’ll take a long time to cook. Maybe, I can squeeze out a few more hours with my kin folk before I die.
You know what they say?
You are going to be hungry again in an hour. Irony was not lost on this one. “I am going to be dead. How will I know I am hungry?”
If you were on death row, what would you order for your last meal? Just as important…Why?
(c) Ann Marie Dwyer 2011
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