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Hope on the Side - Ribs are Like Hope

Everyone agrees that there are millions of people that eat and love ribs. Any day is a good day for ribs. But when people eat ribs, they never just eat ribs. There are always side dishes to complement, go along with the ribs.

Depending on your location and traditions, your side dish preferences will be unique. Here is a partial list of the most popular side dishes when it comes to ribs.

  • Baked Beans

  • Mac & Cheese

  • Fried Green Tomatoes

  • Coleslaw

  • Cornbread

  • Corn on the Cob

  • Corn Fritters

  • Fried Pickles

  • Cheese Grits

  • Ambrosia Fruit Salad

  • French Fries/Sweet Potato Fries

  • Bacon broccoli salad

  • Broccoli Salad

  • Macaroni salad

Yep, that’s some list all right. Lots of variety, lots of different tastes and textures, lots of choices. And there are even more.

My personal favorites are along the lines of the more traditional sides:

  • Baked beans with lots of added pork, onions, ketchup, and mustard

  • Mac and cheese with a heavy, almost burnt layer of cheese on top

  • Cornbread with LOTS, and LOTS, and LOTS of butter

But now that I’m on a low-carb diet, I’m more likely to choose coleslaw and broccoli salad, both without any added sugar. Not nearly as traditional, not nearly as tasty, but in the words of Detective “Dirty Harry” Callahan (1), “A man has got to know his limitations.

Just like ribs, we normally receive and enjoy hope along with other things “on the side.” Some of the side dishes that can accompany hope are:

  • Encouragement

  • You are not alone

  • Commitment

  • Friendship

  • Staying power with them

What’s your favorite hope “side dish” that you share when giving hope?

What’s the “side dish” that you most like to receive when hope is offered?

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