Hey Hank. Want some?


Do you ever get the “hankering” for something?  Like, tonight.  A fried bologna sandwich, on Wonder Bread, with Hellman’s Mayonnaise sounded SO good.

But alas.  No bologna here, or Wonder Bread.  But, by our very creed and oath, we will never let this household be void of Hellman’s Mayonnaise.

At any rate.  The other thing that seemed like a good idea was having a Yule Log in April.  Now.  When it crossed my little teeny-eeny-weeny brain, I have no idea EXACTLY what a Yule Log is.  So I looked it up.

And good old Wikipedia says it is this:

“The Yule log, Yule clog, or Christmas block is a specially selected log burnt on a hearth as a Christmas tradition in a number of countries in Europe. The origin of the folk custom is unclear. Numerous scholars have observed that, like other traditions associated with Yule (such as the Yule boar), the custom may ultimately derive from Germanic paganism.”

Now.  Can you imagine my surprise?  Not so much with the Yule Log, or… clog.  Whatever.  But my surprise was rooted in the other parts of that description.  Like. Germanic Paganism?  That sounds right up my alley, oh yes it does.  Or… how about  The Yule Boar?  I guess that would be the big pig you throw on the hearth at Christmas?

Or… is it some sort of relation to Yul Brynner. Oh… you remember Yul, don’t you?  His real name was Yuly Borisovich Briner,  and he was born in Russia.   Specifically on July 11, 1920.  He died pretty young, I think.  Sixty five.  Lung Cancer.

Any way, he was best known for his portrayals of Rameses II in The Ten Commandments….. and of course… as  King Mongkut of Siam in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I.  He won two Tony Awards for that…. and an Academy Award for the film version.

He always reminded my of Mr. Clean. But for real, Marvel Comics used his physical appearance to make Professor X.  Either way.  Bald, shiny head.   Gold earring.

But.  A half a day ago…. I was talking about the Yule Log.  Which is senseless now.  Because I really and truly started out…. talking about having a “hankering” for something.

To hanker means that feel a strong desire for something.  OR… you have a big wish to do something.  I wonder what the origin for that word is.  The dictionary says it comes from the Dutch word for hang.  Hunkeren.  But I don’t get the correlation there.

So.  What does it all mean.  It means that life comes full circle for all of us.  All the time. Because… you see… I still want a bologna sandwich. But now I want to have a bologna sandwich with Yul Brynner in the Netherlands.  With all the other Dutch people there.

I wonder if they put Dutch Ovens on their Yule Logs.

Full circle, I’m telling you.  All of it…. comes….. Full Circle.