This essay is a magnificent gem.
I read it and tears welled up in my eyes.
It's clever, sentimental without being maudlin and just lovely.
Please read the whole thing.
Lots of love flowing through this.
"Only one man had contributed to the recipe box – our father. He knew
that my sister, who left home at age 16 to attend nursing school and
lived in residence, had little or no culinary skills, so he decided to
start with the basics: How to Boil Water."
"Painstakingly printed in capital letters, his recipe read:"
"Preparation time: 2 to 5 mins
Number of servings: 2
Source of recipe: Dad
container in left hand, leaving right hand free. Turn hot or cold water
tap to the right (this is located at rear of sink). When container is
filled to required level, carry to stove with either hand. Place
container on burner located on top of stove (there are either 3 or 4
burners). Turn knob located at front of stove to high. Water will boil
in 2 to 5 mins, depending on the amount in the container."
"Note: It is
not necessary to stir as the liquid will not burn, solidify or