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Pat Shingleton: "A Load Off Of My Chest..."

3 years 1 month 1 week ago October 26, 2013 Oct 26, 2013 Saturday, October 26 2013 October 26, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Weather sometimes takes the blame for seasonal colds. My grandfather believed in this philosphy and placed a bowl of apples, onions, and garlic, laced with whiskey, on his nightstand when he experienced chest congestion. Mom would send us to school with Vick's Vapo-Rub piled on our chest and throat, preventing me from getting a "date." Another application was called a "mustard plaster." This concoction included: three tablespoons of flour, a teaspoon of baking soda, three tablespoons of dried mustard and a tablespoon of shortening, butter, lard or Oleo. Mix this with hot water, smear the Vaseline on your chest; load it into a piece of muslin or flannelette. I've tried this application and each time was asked to remove myself from the bedroom

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