Smith: Good riddance to Meals on Wheels' cursed okra

Okra cannot be entirely evil.

But perhaps you'll recall that, earlier this month, a 94-year-old Marine Corps vet deeply grateful to receive home-

delivered dinners brought down the house at a Meals on Wheels benefit at Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards when he pleaded for an end to the okra.

Now this: The driver for a second Meals on Wheels client, Dorothy Behler, was sorry to see Dorothy's house go dark and uninhabited for about four months.

When Dorothy, who's 93, at last returned home and her Meals on Wheels deliveries resumed, she told her driver what had happened to her.

One day, Dorothy's otherwise appetizing meal featured a side of okra. She detests it, so she carried her plate outside to leave the okra for the deer.

And she slipped on her driveway and fell, hard. She was so badly hurt that she was in a hospital and then a rehab center for all those four months.

Her driver told her the good news, that, thanks to Jerry Schiffer's appeal at the benefit gala, there will be no more okra.

Dorothy feels much better now. And, quite possibly, safer.

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