#SOL20 Day 25 “Flat Cake”

SOL20This March I will be participating in the montOld Friend from Far Awayh-long Slice of Life Challenge. Each day I will be posting a ‘slice’ from my life. This year I am using Natalie Goldberg’s book Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir to provide my sparks for memoir writing. Each post will be a quick write using one of Natalie’s exercises to practice the skill of noticing and remembering.


We all have so many connections to food. Think of any food you ate in your past and I bet it will be connected to a person or an event that is meaningful to you. Pancakes are a ubiquitous food that has the potential to trigger memory.

What other foods do this for you?

7 thoughts on “#SOL20 Day 25 “Flat Cake”

  1. What a fun way to eat pancakes! I love your line, “It smelled like love.” For me, sugar cookies trigger a memory because it was a tradition to bake them with my grandmother around the holidays. I always associate sugar cookies with love.

  2. Food is love, and memories like this one sustain us and travel through generations. Your description of this memory is spot on, bringing us right into the kitchen with you and your cousin and grandmother. I can picture your grandmother in her wheelchair, eating those pancake tubes with “gnarled fingers”. This has prompted sweet memories of my mother’s and grandmother’s cooking–thank you!

  3. “It smelled like love.” This line is pure gold!

    I love the memories food brings us. This sounds like a very special moment with your grandmother. And it made me want pancakes for breakfast tomorrow! 😉

  4. Food is love indeed. Almost all my memories of my Oma involve food! I love this story – thanks for sharing it.

  5. I loved the part where you and your cousin fed your grandmother; so poignant. I will always connect Christmas cookies with my mother. At night, if I can’t sleep, I will go over all of the different types of cookies she would make. It calms me.

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