I heard the story about a young woman who, when she was cooking a roast of beef, always cut off one end and put it in the oven. One day her husband asked her why she was doing that and she shrugged and said, “That’s what my mom always did.” Being curious, the husband decided to ask her mother and her answer was the same, “My mother always did it.” He eventually asked the grandmother and she replied, “Oh that’s because the roast was too big for the pot.” So goes tradition. We do something because that’s the way it was always done.


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