Long-time readers of these pages will know that we occasionally check in with the sundry activities of Ma and Pa.
On this occasion one of Ma's granddaughters is busily engaged in preparing a holiday meal. Carefully, she prepares the roast and cuts the end off before finally placing it in the pan.
Her husband, interested in these preparation asks what culinary result is expected from thus trimming the meat.
"I don't rightly know," says she. "My mother always did it that way."
Interested by this discussion, she calls her mother sometime later and raises the issue.
"Well, I can't explain it myself," she is informed. "That's the way Ma always done it."
Not to be defeated, the woman calls her grandmother, who for more than 50 years has never been called anything other than "Ma" by everyone in the county, and begins.
"Ma, can you explain why you always taught our family to trim the end of the holiday roast?"
"It's all Pa's doing," Ma replies. "I tried telling him when we were first married that we needed a bigger pan ..."