In the early 1970s, when I taught meat science as a part of a graduate teaching assistantship at West Virginia University, state inspectors decided that solid maple chopping blocks should be replaced by stainless steel. I mentioned to my major professor that I would like to purchase one, as I imagined it my dream house one day. Later, I noticed the butcher block in his garage covered by a sheet. Since he had a gourmet kitchen, I figured he would make use of it. I was disappointed but never said anything to him. When my girlfriend of eight years and I announced our wedding date, Doc Kidder said: “It’s about time. I’ve had your wedding present in the garage for two years!” This butcher block has been in our five houses in three states during our 42 years of marriage.
Dave and Paula Keith, Holly Springs
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