food and stories

NaBloPoMo Writing Prompt: Describe an heirloom that has been passed down through the generations.

Maybe it’s being a product of divorce, or that I moved around a lot growing up, but I can’t really think of a family heirloom that has been passed down–something that had history and significance to me and my family. But then I started thinking, if I were to pass down something from my family to the generations to come, what would it be?

Being a Southerner living in NYC, I can’t see myself moving back down South for any long period of time. I can see, however, bringing my Southern roots into my family-to-come, especially with food and stories.

Sweet tea, black-eyed peas, and chicken and dumplings. Can it get any better than that?

I lived with my Grandma Billie for some time growing up in Alabama. She was a Southerner through and through. And, yet, despite (or, maybe, because of) growing up on a farm in Virginia, she had a lot of stories to tell. On her old typewriter, she wrote poetry and short stories. In the early ’90’s one of her short stories was published in Mobile Bay Tales: Essays & Stories About a Region. She decided to go back to college in her 60’s and get a degree in English. When I went off to college, she’d ask to read my textbooks when I was finished with the semester. She’d sit in a chair in her bedroom, with her feet propped up, licking a spoonful of peanut butter, reading for hours at a time. She had a painting she bought at a yard sale (she loved a good yard sale!) that she was convinced was a long lost Picasso. And when she passed away, I found boxes of the stories she had written and bound them in a book I titled Stories by Billie Moore. This I will pass down to the generations.

In the end, an heirloom isn’t about the thing itself, but the memories and history that it holds.

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secret passion

NaBloPoMo Writing Prompt: What is your secret (or not-so-secret) passion?

Can I just say, “read my blog and you’ll find the answer?” Actually, you probably won’t find the answer considering I’m still searching for and discovering what my passion is. At least when it comes to a career.

Here are a few things completed unrelated to career, however, that I’m secretly passionate about:

  • Having a spot of afternoon tea
  • Getting lost in a colorful, creative, artsy journal/book. My favorite being Spilling Open.
  • Baking, especially with pumpkin!
  • Dinner by candlelight
  • This blog: the shyness project. A senior in high school spends a year confronting her shyness. I just discovered it and I’m in love!