Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tastes Like Dirt

I spent a season of my childhood arguing with a cousin over how I didn't need to eat dirt to know what dirt tastes like.  His argument  was if I've never actually eaten some, sat down with a spoon and dished up some earth, how could I be sure I a) knew what it tastes like and b) knew I didn't like it.

The taste is in the very scent of it it.  It's in the air as it swirls mini dust storms.  It's an eruption with the roots of a particularly sturdy weed.  If you've ever had a hint of it on your tongue, you know what it is.  There is no wondering, "Is this what dirt tastes like?"

It is dirt and I know what it tastes like without actually eating it.  And I know I don't like it.

Likewise with lavender.  It's pretty and smells fine and I like seeing it grow in my garden but I will always believe that 'lemon and lavender' should be the name of bath salts and not cookies.

Judging by the discreet way coworkers spit those cookies out, I am right!


  1. The dirt thing is kind of like jumping off a cliff. You don't need to jump off a cliff to know that it will hurt :)

  2. Exactly. There are just some things you don't need to experience to know they're not for you. :)

  3. You definitely don't need to taste some things to know you won't like them. Smell is very powerful - but isn't it disappointing when something smells delicious and then is a bit bland on the tongue? :-(

  4. I have seen lavender as a food ingredient more and more lately. I'm with you--I find the concept utterly disturbing.