It’s strange the things we remember.
At the age of nine or so, I caught some kind of stomach ailment – which we just called a “belly ache” back then. For several days I couldn’t keep anything on my stomach.
Then, on a Saturday night, my Aunt Coba brought her kids to the house along with a brand new Campbell’s soup called Bean with Bacon. Well, it was new in Knoxville, anyway.
While we watched a short-lived television series called The Buccaneers, starring Robert Shaw as a reformed pirate, I ate not one bowl, but two of Bean with Bacon soup and kept it down.
Ever since, when I open a can of Bean with Bacon soup, I’m transported back to 1957, sitting cross-legged in front of a black and white television screen on Virginia Avenue, and feel strangely comforted.