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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Special to the family...

OK, so I'm a Swedish Lutheran in the denomination of German Lutherans in America. But, here is a special poem by Charlie Boone and Roger Erickson.

The Lutefisk Lament...

'Twas the night before Christmas with things all a bustle
As Mama got set for the Christmas Eve tussle.
Aunts, uncles and cousins would soon be arriving
With stomachs all ready for Christmas Eve dining.

While I sat alone with a feeling of dread,
As visions of lutefisk danced in my head.
The thought of the smell made my eyeballs start burning.
The thought of the taste set my stomach to churning.

For I'm one of those who good Swedes rebuff:
A Scandahoovian boy who can't stand the stuff.
Each year, however, I played at the game
to spare mama and papa the undying shame.

I must bear up bravely, I can't take the risk
of relatives knowing I hate lutefisk.
I know they would spurn me, my presents withhold,
if the unthinkable, unspeakable truth they were told.

Then out in the yard I heard such a clatter,
I jumped up to see what was the matter.
There in the snow, all in a jumble,
three of my uncles had taken a tumble.

My aunts, as usual, gave them "what for",
and soon they were up and through the door.
Then with talk, and more cheer, an hour was passed
as Mama finished the Christmas repast.

From out in the kitchen an odor came stealing,
that fairly set my senses to reeling.
The smell of lutefisk creeped down the hall
and wilted a plant in a pot on the wall.

The others reacted as though they were smitten,
while the aroma laid low my small helpless kitten.
Uncles Oscar and Lars said, "Oh, that smells yummy,"
and Kermit's eyes glittered while he patted his tummy.

The scent skipped off the ceiling and bounced off the door,
and the bird in the cuckoo clock fell on the floor.
Mama announced dinner by ringing a bell.
They pushed to the table with a yump and a yell.

I lifted my eyes to heaven and sighed,
and a rose on the wallpaper withered and died.
With wooden legs I found my chair
and sat in silence with an unseeing stare.

Most of the food was already in place;
there remained only to fill the lutefisks space.
Then Mama came proudly with a bowl on a trivet.
You would have thought the crown jewels were in it.

She placed it carefully down and took her seat,
and Papa said Grace before we could eat.
It seemed to me, with my whirling head,
the shortest prayer he ever had said.

Then Mama lifted the cover on the steaming dish,
and I was face to face with the quivering fish.
"Me first," I heard Uncle Kermit call,
while I watched the paint peel off the wall.

The plates were passed for Papa to fill.
I waited in agony between fever and chill.
He would dip in the spoon and hold it up high.
As it oozed on the plates, I thought I would die.

Then came my plate, and to my feverish brain
there seemed enough lutefisk to derail a train.
It looked like a mountain of congealing glue:
oddly transparent, yet discolored, the hue.

With butter and cream sauce I tried to conceal it;
I salted and peppered, but the smell still revealed it.
I drummed up my courage, I tried to be bold.
Mama reminds me, "Eat, before it gets cold."

I decided to face it, "Uff da," I sighed.
"Uff da, indeed," my stomach replied.
Then I summoned that resolve for which every breed is known.
My hand took the fork as with a mind of its own.

And with reckless abandon that lutefisk I ate,
within twenty seconds I'd cleaned my plate.
Uncle Kermit flashed me an ear-to-ear grin,
as butter and cream sauce dripped from his chin.

Then to my great shock, he whispered in my ear:
"I'm sure glad this is over for another year!"
It was then I learned a great and wonderful truth,
that Swedes and Norwegians, from old men to youth,

must each pay their dues to have the great joy
of being known as a good Scandahoovian boy.
And so to you all, as you face the great test:
Happy Christmas to you, and to you all the best.


  • At 7:33 PM , Blogger Scotty J. Williams said...

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  • At 7:35 PM , Blogger Scotty J. Williams said...

    remember my first encounter with lutefisk, and I ended up having to lift up a prayer of intercession on behalf of the Swedish people LOL. How can you eat that stuff? I mean it's like the flavor of Jello that made Bill Cosby cry and quite working for the Jello all together. They tell you to put the white sauce on it, and you're like "I wonder if even that will help? Maybe I'll just stick to the lefse and fill up on that." But in the end someone tells you, "Now Now, you have to try the lutefisk"; so you pull the your Creole card and say that your not Swedish, and that Creoles don't do lutefisk. But you don;t want to be culturally insensitive, I mean Uncle Paul spent all day making it so you have to try a little. In the end you end up lifting a prayer of intercession for yourself too LOL.

    Anyways I enjoyed this blog, and many thanks for your comment on my most recent blog. It really got me to think more about what I wrote.

    Merry Christmas to you and Josh.

    7:33 PM

  • At 7:06 AM , Blogger Liz said...

    Merry Christmas, Scotty! I can't eat the stuff. I'm allergic to fish and shell fish! And this year, because Baby deems it necessary that I be extra sensitive to smells, even my own cooking, I'm showing up for Christmas Eve dinner fashionably late! Better that then hurt Uncle's feelings by being sick.


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