88: The Casserole Effect

88: The Casserole Effect

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of America

The Casserole Effect

Why did everyone send casseroles in times of crisis? Why didn’t anyone ever send brownies and Jack Daniel’s?

~Jaye Wells

Here in the Midwest, we have a hidden code we use when we want to show our love and concern for others. Whether it’s elaborate or simple, homemade or store bought, the message is the same. That we care. And where I live in Iowa that means you bring a casserole.

Someone had a new baby? Bring that poor mother a casserole to give her a break! Neighbor’s barn burned down? Surely a casserole will help with the expenses. Widower? He needs a good home-cooked casserole to let him know he’s not alone.

Remodeling your home? Have a casserole. Loved one going through chemo? Take this casserole because I don’t know what else to do to help.

Loved one passes? Here is a casserole for all the relatives who have flooded your home. We even have casserole parties, mainly to try new recipes out on friends who will be honest in their reviews.

Yet, while we joke about it and many times the casserole effect can overwhelm or overtake your freezer, it is the love and compassion the casseroles convey that will warm your heart and memories. And instill the desire that the next generation will carry on the Casserole Effect.

~C. Joy

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