Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Absolutely Beautiful Personal Essay: My Late Sister's Memory Lives on in Her Recipes

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
Take 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 crystallize."