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For This, I’m Grateful (Recipe: Bacon and Egg Hero)

November 21, 2012
by Jackie Garvin

People  I consider heroes aren’t found on the big screen, athletic fields,  state capitals or Washington, D.C.  My heroes are found in unassuming places like the wiregrass section of southeastern Alabama in little towns with  populations less than 5,000 with somewhat depressed economies.  These same little towns have never hosted a big named music concert, a professional sports event or a corporate convention.  You don’t need any of that to grow heroes.  You need something bigger.  Much bigger. It takes values, character, love and goodness passed down through the generations.

Geneva, AL knows how to grow heroes. My great blessing was being born into a family of heroes.  Good honest people who taught me life lessons and treated people right. Most of my heroes are gone and are banded together surrounded by angels.  One still remains.

“Breakfast: eggs, bacon, grits and toast”, he answered in response to the query  about his favorite thing to eat.

Small in stature,  he gleefully boasts about his weight varying only  3 pounds throughout his adult life.

“I really don’t eat too much after breakfast.  The food here could be better. I do love a good breakfast though.”

For more than 60  years, his bride cooked traditional Southern fare and kept he and the family well fed.  He never  wondered if food was better anywhere else.  She was an excellent cook.  And following the tradition of many Southern cooks, she loved to feed people.

“I saw her at a movie in Samson. She smiled at me and I told my buddy I needed to go back and see who that was.”

That was the beginning of a marriage that lasted 68 years and 5 months.  He lost his bride, my mother’s cousin,  in February, 2012.  It became necessary for her to relocate to a facility for the  last 3 1/2 years of her life.

“I went to the nursing home three times a day to feed her all three meals.  I didn’t even go to church during that time because I didn’t want to miss feeding her a meal.”

The house they built and lived in since 1958 is now for sale.  The house where they raised their family.  The house that saw several generations of their offspring. He just moved to an assisted living facility where my sister and I visited him.

I had to move in here because I just can’t cook and clean house anymore.”

Acie Taylor is a hero.  The twinkle in his eye and his clarity of thought, belies his age of 93. He’s lived a long wonderful life.  His devotion to his family, his wife, his God is impressive and displays the goodness of his heart.  The life he’s lead is admirable.  It’s too bad medals aren’t awarded for that kind of life.

Acie also lived a life where medals were awarded.  He is a highly decorated WWII veteran serving in Gen. Patton’s Army and landing on the beaches of Normandy in 1944.  He proudly displays his medals and gives the Purple Heart and Bronze Star the positions of prominence rightly deserved.

This part of Acie’s life didn’t come without sacrifice.  He suffered tremendous physical injuries when a German 88 shell exploded nearby. It almost cost him his life.  His injuries were so severe he got discharged after 4 years of service. After an extensive recovery period, he sought training as an electrician and worked for 25 years as a civil servant.

We commented on his hat and he said he had better hats in his closet.

“Just open that door there and look.”

Lined side-by-side, we found several hats, all similarly displaying his relationship with the military.

Acie’s devotion to his God and  country, his wife and his family qualify for him the highest honor that can we can bestow. Spending time with him, reinforced just how honorable he is.

It was difficult not to become emotional.  Listening to him talk so lovingly about his wife of “68 years and 5 months” is enough to tug at anyone’s heart-strings.  I just have to wonder how anyone can adjust to such a loss.  Hearing his stories and seeing his awards and decorations of military service sent a chill up my spine.  This is a man of true valor.

The visit with Acie reminded me, in the boldest of ways, how lucky I am to have been born into this family.  Acie is one of the last connections that we have to that particular side of our family that  had the good sense to marry into.  Anyone who believes the good die young has never met 93-year-old Acie Taylor.

The week preceding the visit to my beloved town of Geneva for the first time in decades, was filled with emotion.  Sunday, October 28,  was my mother’s birthday and the fourth  birthday since her passing.   I was caught unawares of the emotional turmoil I would experience that day.

Just as I had started to think I had conquered the revisited grief, I get hit upside the head, once again, with sadness of missing my mother.  It happened as we were visiting Acie who casually mentioned a fact that neither my sister, nor I, ever knew about him.  His birthday is October 28, the same day as my Mother’s.  Life has a way of coming full circle on you.

On the day before Thanksgiving, I send up a wish for the happiest of Thanksgivings for you and your family.  And I thank God for all the blessings bestowed on my family and me.

I’m so happy we got to visit with Acie.  For this, I’m grateful.

Y’all come see us!

Bacon and Egg Hero

yield: 1 sandwich

Trying to come up with a dish associated with this story that would honor a true hero, proved to be a bit of a challenge.  Acie’s favorite thing to eat is breakfast so I made a breakfast sandwich in his honor.  This type of sandwich is also known as a hero.  Quite fitting!

1 hoagie type roll

4 slices bacon, fried crisp

2 eggs, fried to your liking (note:  eggs with the yolk completely cooked are easier to manage on a sandwich than runny yolks)

1 slice American cheese

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

1 teaspoon mustard

Split roll leaving the back side intact.

Mix mayonnaise and mustard.  Spread on roll.

Slice cheese in half and place on bottom of roll.

Top cheese with eggs.

Add bacon.

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Bacon and Egg Hero

Bacon and Egg Hero

Ingredients

  • yield: 1 sandwich
  • Trying to come up with a dish associated with this story that would honor a true hero, proved to be a bit of a challenge. Acie’s favorite thing to eat is breakfast so I made a breakfast sandwich in his honor. This type of sandwich is also known as a hero. Quite fitting!
  • 1 hoagie type roll
  • 4 slices bacon, fried crisp
  • 2 eggs, fried to your liking (note: eggs with the yolk completely cooked are easier to manage on a sandwich than runny yolks)
  • 1 slice American cheese
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon mustard

Instructions

Split roll leaving the back side intact.

Mix mayonnaise and mustard. Spread on roll.

Slice cheese in half and place on bottom of roll.

Top cheese with eggs.

Add bacon.

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  1. November 21, 2012 5:07 pm

    Jackie, thank you so much for writing about my grandparents. I love them both dearly. I learned everything I know about cooking from her. My granddaddy will always be a hero.

    • November 21, 2012 5:25 pm

      Kevin,
      I’ve always loved your grandparents. We had such a nice visit with Acie. :)

  2. Danny Taylor permalink
    November 21, 2012 8:19 pm

    Thanks so very much Jackie of this wonderful and heartfelt story of your visit with and the history of our family ties to a true hero for sure. I am so glad he got to see you two and had some time to share with you. He always asked about all of you on the Daniels side of the family when we talk as he knows we communicate by the internet…He really enjoyed the visit, I can tell you that! I wish we were able to get together as we used to but it seems to be a hard thing to these days so I guess we’ll have to do the best we can and make the connections anyway we can. I do thank you for making this connection so wonderful!! Love you all!!!

    • November 21, 2012 10:09 pm

      Danny,

      Everyone is so spread out making reunions difficult. As annoying and hateful as FB can be sometimes, I will forever be grateful for the connections it has made possible between family and friends.

      • Danny Taylor permalink
        November 22, 2012 2:14 pm

        That is true Jackie…I am thankful for this medium of contact but there is nothing like the face to face!! Love you all!!

  3. Cece permalink
    November 22, 2012 10:58 am

    This is a wonderful story and recipe idea. I really like to promote all family members visiting and talking to their older relatives, as they have a wealth of information about the family and things we never knew. I am into genealogy, and a long time ago “cyber-met” a man who has a wonderful site that gives ideas, outlines, ect. on interviewing family members. Maybe anyone reading this can go to his site, download the questions, and find a relative over the holidays to interview. If you have the money, try interviewing with a tape recorder. One that you can spare to leave with him/her. As they have time, if a thought should come upon them, they can add to their story. You can have someone in the family transpose these words onto paper for all family members. It is so sweet to see this happening, and time is so valuable. Make an appt. with yourself to do this !! Happy Thanksgiving !
    http://www.tedpack.org/bioguide.html

    • November 22, 2012 11:32 am

      Cece,
      You gave us some wonderful ideas. Thanks so much for the site recommendation. Recording the written history is wonderful but an oral history is golden.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones. :)

  4. November 22, 2012 12:03 pm

    What a lovely story. Thank you for sharing this. Many blessings and a Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. November 23, 2012 6:59 am

    This is a lovely story, Jackie, thanks so much for sharing it. Ihope you have a terrific weekend.

  6. November 24, 2012 11:16 am

    Hi Jackie – what a wonderful tribute. My husband’s grandfather just turned 90 last week, and he too was a WWII hero. I love to hear him tell stories of his time in the war, and to know that true heroes do exist in our lives. Thank you so much for this touching story and reminder of the importance of family.

    • November 24, 2012 12:54 pm

      With our stressful lives, it gets easy to get bogged down and unable to see the blessings, and the heros, that surround us. May I always remember to give thanks for both.

      God bless you!

  7. November 24, 2012 8:54 pm

    lovely post,thanks for sharing…
    have a Great Day!

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