Contrast

She opened the cookbook.
Scented memories from the past flooded her mind.
Birthday cakes:
Sugar, wax and chocolate
Bookmarking the years.
Christmas gravy:
5 hours of anticipation in great gran’s Limoges tureen .
The smell of tradition wrapped in love.
Maple fudge:
Brought out for special occasions

With a secret ingredient not included on the page

That gran was said to have whispered in her daughter’s ear

Just before leaving for the hospital

That last time.
She had never realized how much the book mirrored the treasured family Bible;

A testament to their shared past.
It was the realm of her grandfather.
The names of all the males proudly emblazoned
On the inside cover.
The prime source written in bold letters at the top.
A testament to survival:
Cold.
A stark contrast to the milk smudges, chocolate marks and tear stains
Of the cookbook.
Ink scratches mark the personal stories
Found in the margin:
“Her favourite cake,”
“ The first time he helped mom, “
“Our first Summer together,”
“First Christmas without him.”
A labour of love;
A story to be shared and developed with time.
A conversation
Rather than a Law.

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