Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sad Times




My grandpa is sick - a few months to live sick, and the last few days have been tough. I wanted to just express something about how amazing he is, how I feel about him...so in the vein of this blog theme, I will do it through food. Ironically, his appetite has nearly disappeared and he no longer enjoys or wants food anymore. But I can think of so many foods, grandpa specific, that will always remind me of him and how much he has influenced my life. Here's to you, A.P. 

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Eggs - first from stories of your chicken ranch - how my mom sorted the eggs, saved the farm, and later, each Easter, dying hard boiled ones until they became that strange brown color

Bold and fragrant boxes of oranges for me every week - to savor two each morning, and the sweet smell of orange blossoms in the air by the old green shed when the 10 am sun warms the nectar

Crisp summer corn on the cob and marshmallows slightly charred at the "beach" parties in your front yard

Chocolate covered raisins in a little plastic container on your apartment dining room table...I used to grab a handful every visit, a guaranteed regular treat - now my two year old son looks forward to doing the same - he won't understand why the chocolate raisins won't be there anymore

The two of us laughing because we were always the first to be in line for the food spread - like those two cartoon crows, "No, no, I insist, after you!," you - always the first to start eating, the last to finish

Strange cheramoia fruit, 7-up, Jello with bananas, microwaved zucchini, toast with applesauce, Lucky Charms on top of a healthy cereal to sweeten it up, spicy gingersnaps, avocados green and ripe

The finisher of orphan food left on family members plates, fan of buffets like Hometown 'Cafe' as you called it, and Souplantation, generous, healthy, sweet-toothed but restrained in a way I will always admire...

Always grateful, always frugal, the only one who ever said the prayer over the food

In these foods, each and every time we meet, my mind will travel to you, to your memory, to the greatness of such a humble, helpful, incredible man - my grandpa A.P. Sowby.  


2 comments:

HLM said...
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HLM said...

Hi Linds,
I've got so many of these same food associations. Thanks for the tribute, and the photo of them both. It is nice to see grampa. I'll see you all soon,
H