Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Unusual Diet Tip, As Told By Martha Graham

I just leafed through Martha Graham's autobiography, Blood Memory, and came across this passage, in which Martha remembers the peculiar diet habits of her dance teacher's mother:

"Miss Ruth assigned me to tend to her mother, who was a bit addled, during meals. Miss Ruth's mother was always very well dressed, but when she appeared for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, she had fifteen safety pins attached to the left side of her suit. She would cut her food carefully, and after taking a bite and taking the time to chew slowly, she would move one of the safety pins to the right. It was my job to make sure none of the pins fell into her food because Miss Ruth worried that she might not find the pin before the next bite. Three times a day!"