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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Christmas Cooking/Baking (not recipes) (10/16/08)

TITLE: Memory's Sweet Aroma
By Lisa Keck
10/21/08


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Iím not very good at this,Ē I stopped myself from finishing my sentence. It was Christmas time, a time for happiness. This was not the time to think about my poor upbringing or lack of sweet childhood memories. I canít honestly say we never baked, just that I donít remember it.

ďThese are all easy recipes so we can make a lot.Ē Gia reassured and so my roommate and I baked and chatted all afternoon. I can still see her in the apron her mother gave her, flour on her cheek. I can hear the clatter of a tin lid hitting the floor.

Somehow my lack of skills did not damage the cookies. My first baking experience became a tradition for the too few years we were roommates. Iíve tried baking since then but Iím still not that good at it. My daughter learned to bake at her grandmaís and weíve baked a couple of batches of cookies but nothing like that first batch with Gia.

Gia and I had become roommates a few years earlier. She answered an ad I put on the church bulletin board. We shared a two-bedroom apartment. Then I got married and moved out but stayed in the same apartment complex.

Not to toot my own horn but Gia had trouble with her next roommate. So after much discussion my husband and Gia and I decided to share a house. The kitchen was nice sized. Big enough to do lots of baking and that is where my mind took this picture.

Was it the time of year? Was it the bond we have as sisters in Christ? Was it that she took me in when I needed strong Christian influence? Iím not sure what it is that brings this memory forth this time of year.

I only know the memory lingers and flows through my mind like chocolate chip cookies baking on a cold winter day. I guard the memory by thinking about it periodically and then filing it away like one of grandmaís recipe cards. This memory is treated with special care because it was given to me by someone specialónot just a roommate but a friend. A friend called Gia.


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Anita van der Elst10/23/08
Aroma-therapy at its best, a lovely remembrance of a true friend. Nicely told.
Joshua Janoski10/26/08
I really enjoyed reading about Gia and how special her friendship is. I just would have liked to read more about it, so don't be afraid to use your full 750 word count to tell your story. Thank you for sharing this with us all. :)
Marlene Austin10/28/08
Nice memory. I would have enjoyed more dialogue which truly reflected the relationship between these friends. :)