Mephitis mephitis, Philosophiæ Doctor (floyd_mephit) wrote,
Mephitis mephitis, Philosophiæ Doctor

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Shades of Gray

I was at the grocery store the other night, doing light ($70) mid-week shopping, and they gave me a free 22-pound turkey. My family is going to be frying turkey this year for the first time, because it's quicker, better, and more 'Southern', I suppose. I was planning on making something for food this year (usually it's my mother and her mother cooking most of the food during the morning (Turkey, etc., crudites, and their famous meat pies), specifically my other grandmother's hot water cornbread. I think I'm going to make that and also pumpkin pie. I've never made a desert before that wasn't Betty Crocker-packaged, so I got a recipe out of my big book and modified it to be more dangerous. If I have time I think I'm going to make something else as well. I'd like to offer something else to the event than my usual obligatory blessing of the food (I always wonder if anyone appreciates the irony) and washing the 7 or 8 sinkfuls of dishes.

I was looking through some old rolls of film last night and found a roll, the only roll I know of, of my family just before and just after my Dad died. He died halfway through the roll and I was trying to glean differences in us before and after. The roll was black and white, so a pall was cast over the whole set, really. A couple of the pictures were of me shaving for the first time; I took the pictures to let my parents get a chance to see what they were too caught up in my Dad's illness at the time to appreciate. On the same roll was a shot of my sister shaving my father, one of the last times he ever shaved. I don't know if there's anything meaningful to be found in that coincidence; I didn't even notice it until now. I like black and white pictures; there's a kind of quiet respectfulness in photographing with them, like bowing your head when speaking to an elder or dimming the lights when someone is sleeping. I wish there were more than just the one roll, at least of there and of then.



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