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Wet/Dry: The vanilla extract story

A tale about the evils of alcohol

By Ralph Roy Waggener
Contains personal commentary

Several years ago (over 37) because that's how long I've run South Central Printing and at that time running I was Editor/Publisher of The Clay Statesman in Celina TN. I had a conversation with a Mr. Napier about the sins of using alcohol. With my bad memory I can't recall his first name but he was in real-estate business. I knew that he was a Church of Christ member and at that time there was around 13 church of Christ churches in Clay County, bringing me to ask why so many: his thinking was that some members would not like what other members liked so they would pull out and start their own church; don't know if that was the reason or not.

The subject came around to the use of alcohol, and he told me that his daughter had brought a friend of hers home to spend the night, and in talking to her the subject of alcohol came up and the young visitor told him that no alcohol was allowed in her parents' home.

Now Mr. Napier had a pretty keen sense of humor. He ask the visitor if the her mother ever baked vanilla cakes and she told him that, yes, she did. Mr. Napier then proceeded to tell her that vanilla extract had 12% by volume alcohol in it. He said later he heard the young woman on the phone telling her mom that she had better pour all the vanilla extract out, because it contained alcohol! With all the talk of wet/dry in Adair County right now, it made me think of this story I heard over 37 years ago. I can't remember what happened 30 seconds ago, go figure.

The 12% alcohol may be incorrect. It is somewhere around that figure, I think.

- Ralph Roy Waggener, the writer, is President of South Central Printing and editor of "It's Just for a Smile News."

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