The Once and Future Queen

This is for the prompt at Real Toads, Doppelganger. We are asked if we look like someone else or if someone looks like us or if we have ever met a twin. My twin is a TV cooking show celebrity – Ina Garten. Except for the fact that I have long totally white hair and wear glasses, we look like twins. Except I don’t have freckles either. We are both plump and petite. Now how’s that for cool?

The Once and Future Queen
‘twas the oddest thing.
I was at the local produce stand
lightly stroking velvet peahes,
peeling back just enough of ears of corn
to make sure they were all small dainty kernels
and purest white like pearls.
A younger woman looked up at me
from her pile of corn and blinked – twice.
I smiled at her and she looked quickly back down.
Soon people were whispering and looking
as I was ready to pay for my purchases
when one woman, bolder than the rest asked,
Do you wear a wig for your TV show?
I looked at her in surprise and then asked,
Whom do you think I am?
She blushed and said, well you couldn’t be her.
You are southern as I am!
And flounced off as if I had insulted her.
When I paid for my purchases
the cashier laughed and said,
There was a rumor going around that Ina Garten
was here and buying produce for one of her tv shows.
I laughed.
My husband had told me before I looked like her.
Well, now, by tomorrow half of hanover county
will be saying they saw Ina Garten at the produce stand!

26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sarahsouthwest
    Aug 02, 2018 @ 12:32:46

    This made me smile. I like the way the lady acted as if you’d done something wrong by not being a celebrity.


  2. annell4
    Aug 02, 2018 @ 14:59:40

    That was TC! Too Cute! A very unlikely story, someone who looked just like you…


  3. coalblack
    Aug 02, 2018 @ 19:01:55

    What the heck, give ’em a thrill!


  4. Victoria C. Slotto
    Aug 02, 2018 @ 20:08:51

    😁 I love this. Now at least I can vizualize you
    This was a delight to read.


  5. Jim
    Aug 02, 2018 @ 21:43:47

    This was a nice read, Toni. I loved the wig part, all kinds of thoughts regarding your likeness came to mind. Mrs. Jim and I are Barefoot Contessa fans from way back. I like the clever way she gets Jeffery involved, scripted of course. And most generally he appears with a “just right” bottle of wine. We don’t see her anymore or you could fill in for her on the show.


  6. Sherry Marr
    Aug 02, 2018 @ 23:03:11

    Ha, nice to give the locals a little peek at celebrity! Love the question about the wig, and LOVE that you wear your hair long.


  7. clayandbranches
    Aug 03, 2018 @ 02:30:54

    What a great story, Toni! Love the sensual gesture of stroking velvet peaches. 😊


  8. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Aug 03, 2018 @ 16:44:42

    Love the story… and of course the way you handled the produce you could have been her. Get yourself a wig


  9. Pat: willow88switches
    Aug 03, 2018 @ 22:07:51

    how interesting that you should look like her and she you – more or less, but for the hair and glasses … and both be chefs? Wow – talk about fascinating and cool. And yeah, sudden notoriety – but it does get tiresome at some point (I know once the first person “named” my doppleganger out loud, in NYC no less, I was literally hounded for the next 5 years by constant comments, whispers, people pointing, staring, then exclaiming – “you look like ____!” “Excuse me but are you ______?”
    Fun at first, but rather nuts. )


    • kanzensakura
      Aug 03, 2018 @ 22:35:14

      My aunt Gay, mama’s middle sister, looks more like her than I. They just didn’t see her! Most of the time people ignore because I keep my shields us. But the peaches did beguile me.

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      • Pat: willow88switches
        Aug 04, 2018 @ 13:45:43

        LOL@ beguiling peaches …. oh, this is a wonderful phrase and image …. yes, I can imagine that food, naturally of course, must offer you a wealth of sensory pleasures …. it’s rather tantalizing to think on. 🙂


        • kanzensakura
          Aug 04, 2018 @ 19:06:14

          Oh it does. The feel of food needing to be prepped, the smell of it cooking and on the plate, the tastes and textures, the all of it. Food beguiles me in the best of ways

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          • Pat: willow88switches
            Aug 04, 2018 @ 19:11:19

            Yes, yes …. I almost envy you what I presume must be heightened sensations …. and I love food, and love to cook. But it ends short of absolute passion. 😉


            • kanzensakura
              Aug 04, 2018 @ 19:22:21

              Mine goes past passion. Otherwise I would not have worked 14 hours a day at it!


              • Pat: willow88switches
                Aug 04, 2018 @ 19:24:02

                I can understand, just switch out food for other things, in my case 🙂


                • kanzensakura
                  Aug 04, 2018 @ 19:24:26

                  doing the witching thing….done!


                • kanzensakura
                  Aug 04, 2018 @ 19:25:16

                  switching….I am bedazzled. My husband I went to my favorite restaurant for dinner….I am bewitched, bothered, and bewildered


                  • Pat: willow88switches
                    Aug 04, 2018 @ 19:26:55

                    LOL – well, isn’t it really good to be spoiled and treated, to rest up? although I suspect it can be tough for the chef in you to step aside from looking at things with that particular “eye” … but if it’s a favourite spot, I take it you can truly enjoy 🙂


                    • kanzensakura
                      Aug 04, 2018 @ 19:39:33

                      Yes I can. I have known the chef there for several years and had to “break him in” when it came to my food. I give him credit. The second time he got it right and has gotten it rigt ever since. You know, Anthony Bourdain said it best when he said he had seen people being assholes and mean to line cooks, waiters, dishwashers, chefs. He always wondered why people felt the need to abuse those who worked so damn hard for them. I felt the same way. That is why I asked to see the chef after our first dinner. I was nice, I was professional. I told him how I liked my food, my steak, my green beans. That I had chefed for 14 years, 14-18 hours a day. I just wanted to like the food he made and I paid for. Plain and simple. We shook hands. It’s been lovely ever since. And sometimes he will send out a treat – a few fresh blackberries, a perfecrly poached scallop nestled in its shell with a squeeze of lemon….He know I know and respect him.

                    • Pat: willow88switches
                      Aug 04, 2018 @ 20:30:46

                      That’s really wonderful that you could offer your wishes and he was/is able to meet them. Of course, being on the other side – is not something people often remember, other than when someone turns around and slams them, for a job “poorly” done; but just because some is a line cook, or a dishwasher or digs ditches for a living doesn’t make them any “less than” the richest people in the world. Everyone has moments of triumph and failures – it’s how we learn, grow and expand – and kindness goes further than mean-spirited words. But in a world gone mad for “fast everything” – few remember that they too aren’t above reproach.

                    • kanzensakura
                      Aug 04, 2018 @ 21:25:04

                      Exactly. I met Tony Bourdain years ago. He struck me as arrogant (something we chefs all have in common) but also how kind he was and how humble at the same time. He was cooking at Les Halles at the time. I fell in love. I miss him dreadfully as do all who knew and loved him

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  10. kim881
    Aug 04, 2018 @ 03:11:40

    I’m trying to imagine what you look like, Toni! I don’t know Ina Garten as we don’t get US cookery programmes, but you’ve provided an image of her, so I’m putting glasses and different hair on her and, hopefully, I have the right picture in my head! I laughed when I read the lines:
    ‘Do you wear a wig for your TV show?’
    ‘She blushed and said, well you couldn’t be her.
    You are southern as I am!
    And flounced off as if I had insulted her’.
    Now I know you live in Hanover County, I looked it up on the Internet – I love finding out about new places!


  11. Helen
    Aug 04, 2018 @ 13:19:07

    Best doppleganger ~ EVER! A very nice write.


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