The Hitch Hiker By: Frances M. McCrory-Meservy May 1980

Al got off work; picked me up at work and we picked our children up at my Mom's house.  The next day was payday and we were low on groceries.  I was pondering what to prepare for supper when we saw a hitch hiker beside the road.

I felt like we should pick him up.  Al said, "I feel like we should pick him up and take him where he wants to go.  I agreed.  Al stopped and opened the tailgate to our station-wagon.  We found out he was a school teacher on holiday from Italy.  He wanted to tour Southeast Texas and then meet a friend in Mexico. 

Ale tossed his duffle bag into the back and climbed in.  Al found out he was headed to the Alabama Indian Reservation.  We lived across the road from the Reservation.  We were driving around showing him the Reservation when I felt very strongly that I should ask him to supper.  I argued that we did not have anything for supper and the feeling got stronger.  Al said he felt that we should invite Ale to supper.  We invited him to eat with us.  He thanked us and said he would love to.

When we got home, I gave David a slice of bread and told him to go get 5 catfish out of the lake from across the street from our house.  Ale asked to go with David because he "had to see this!"

David sat down in the edge of the lake and put the bread in the water between his legs.  Within 15 minutes, 5 good size catfish swam up one at a time.  David had his hands cupped under the bread and would bring them up under the catfish and throw them on the bank to Ale.  Ale would grab the fish and put them on a line.  An Indian friend had shown David how to do that but God sent the fish.

I put a couple of cans of pork and beans in a pot and grabbed two small potatoes that were left in the kitchen. 

While Al and David were cleaning the fish, I went out on the porch and started pealing those two small potatoes.  I said, "Lord you know these are not enough potatoes.  We really need you to multiply them." Ale sat and talked to me while I pealed the potatoes and cut them into fries.

I went back inside and put a 12 inch skillet on the stove, added oil and let it get hot.  As I poured the potatoes from the bowl into the pan, those two small potatoes filled the pan. 

I turned the fire on under the beans to heat them up.

Al brought the File't catfish in and I breaded them and put them in another 12 inch pan of hot oil to cook.

After supper we had enough leftovers for lunch the next day.

We asked Ale if he would like to spend the night.  He said yes but only if he could sleep on the porch.  We agreed and he decided to sleep in the swing.  It was like one of those Lucile Ball things to watch Ale try to make the swing work.  After it flipped him over backward onto the ground he decided to try the Hammock instead. 

The next afternoon (Saturday), I went grocery shopping and Ale said he wanted to go also.  He loved the American grocery stores.  I let him put the stuff in our cart to make Carbonara and Pepperonata (a couple of dishes popular in Rome).  Ale made them when we got home.  The were delicious.  He gave me the recipes.

Ali stayed a week with us. He had a lot of questions about the Bible, God and Jesus. We answered his questions and he left to go see the San Jacinto Monument in Houston.

He came back a couple of days later and stayed another week with us. Someone had stolen his duffel bag with everything in it. We gave him a duffel bag, sleeping bag, personal items he would need & my Bible (notes and all).

He was there for Stephanie's birthday party: a bonfire by the lake with special friends over.  The girls really enjoyed the stories Ale told them about Italy.

When Ali left the last time, he was headed to Mexico to meet a friend. He left us a note thanking us for our hospitality and for answering his questions. He said he knew he would find Jesus in himself in the near future.

Ali was a really nice young man. We planted seeds. It is up to God to water them. I’m sure He did.

Phil 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Mat 13:31-32 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, "which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches."

John 3:5-6 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

John 4:13-14 Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life."

Ale's Carbonara & Pepperonata are Excerpts from "TasteBud's Delight"
a cookbook By Frances M. McCrory-Meservy USA Copyright # TXu 1-354-553 April 23, 2007

Ethnic/Italian

Ale’s Carbonara

12 slices      bacon

1 large         onion diced

1small         package of spaghetti

6                  eggs

1 stick        margarine

Brown bacon and cut into small pieces. Set bacon aside. Sauté onions in bacon drippings. Put bacon back in with onions and set aside. Cook spaghetti and drain. Beat eggs and stir spaghetti into eggs. Blend bacon & onion with drippings into spaghetti. Heat and serve hot. Serves 4 to 5

Serve with: Salad, Garlic bread, Red Wine, Iced Tea or Milk

Vitamins

Bacon             Iron, B 12, B 3, B 6

Onion             A, C, B 9, Sulfur Compounds, Quercetin

Spaghetti       B 1, B 2, B 6, Calcium, Selenium,

Eggs               A, B 6, B 12, D, Zinc, Protein

Margarine    Calcium

Ali’s Roman Pepperonata

1 Lg.      Eggplant, pealed, halved & cut in lengthwise strips

1 Lg.      Zucchini squash, cut in lengthwise strips

4 Lg.      Bell Peppers, cut in lengthwise strips

1 lg.       Onion, cut lengthwise strips 2 Tblsp. Olive Oil

1 tsp.     Salt 1 tsp. Black Pepper

1 stick   Butter 2 14-oz can Diced Tomatoes

1 Tblsp. Salad Supreme

Set heat to medium high (7). Add Olive Oil and butter to large skillet. When butter is melted, add Eggplant, Zucchini squash, Bell Peppers, and Onion. Sprinkle with Salad supreme, salt, pepper and sauté (turning constantly). Add tomatoes and cover. Simmer (stirring occasionally) until peppers are soft (about 30 minutes). Remove vegetables from pan with large slotted spoon or spaghetti server into a large bowl allowing most of the juices to drain back into the pan. Serves 6 to 8

Serve Over:  Pasta, noodles or nothing

Serve as a hot Salad with: Favorite Steak, Hamburger Coquettes or Italian food, Milk, Iced Tea or red wine.

Vitamins

Eggplant             Protein, Potassium

Zucchini            Protein, Fiber, A, C, Calcium, Iron

Bell Peppers      C

Onion                A, C, B9, E, Sulfur compounds, Flavonoids, Quercetin

Olive Oil            E, Polyphenols

Butter               A, B12, D, Calcium, Selenium, Protein

Tomatoes         C, Potassium

Picture of Stephanie's 14th Birthday Party (David is all the way to the left, Stephie is 3rd from left & Ale is all the way to the right) taken by Fran Meservy May 12, 1980

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