People ask why the theme of simplicity is an important element of bread&cup. I think some of it stems from my dad’s philosophy of life. He was a simple man with very simple ideas, most of which, however, have had a lasting impact on me.

A favorite story illustrates this.

Before my wedding 17 years ago, I asked my dad for any advice he might give me about marriage. He paused a moment and gave me this gem of insight.

“Son, my minister told me that you can either be happy or right and that I should decide right now which of those two were going to be most important to me. He followed that with saying that the key to a happy marriage is to let her buy as many shoes as she wants. So if you look in her closet, you’ll see that your mom has a lot of shoes and she and I have been married for 35 years so I think that was pretty good advice.”

All told, they were married for 51 years.

Never underestimate the power of simplicity.

Simple Advice

2 thoughts on “Simple Advice

  • September 9, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    Last weekend when Amelia and I were able to stop at Bread & Cup, we picked up a couple loaves (your white and wheat baguettes…which were amazing!), some pesto, and some apple butter.

    Back when we would get together on your porch, you would tell us so much about how flavors will bring on memories. Well I’ve got to say that the pesto and bread took me back to the moment when you taught me how to make the pesto in your own kitchen.

    Thanks for that memory


  • September 13, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    You guys got a good review on, keep up the good work!


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