Stories have always been a huge part of both my immediate and extended family. Whenever we get together, that's what we do--we tell and retell our stories. Whether it be stories from my parents' childhoods, like my Dad and his siblings throwing a homemade dummy from a tree onto Aunt Cass's car as she drove down the street or the story of Mom smacking her neighbor with a flip-flop, or stories from our own, these tales cement our bond to each other. They're the memories that we don't want to forget. They make us smile, sometimes bring a tear to our eye, but they almost always make us laugh. And if, in sharing some of these stories, I can do the same, then I have fulfilled the purpose of Meat Toast. These stories--both the living and the retelling of them--have brought so much fun and laughter to my family that I just can't help but want to share them with others.
So, whether you've read one or all of these stories, I hope I have been able to make you smile, chuckle, or maybe even laugh.