#52snapshots 2022 | Week 2, I Remember

Saturday night trips for books and records

Week 2’s #52snapshots prompt is about “I Remember.” I made a list of things I remembered with a time limit of five minutes. The items revolved around trips with my father. I don’t mean road trips or vacations. I mean Saturday night trips to Korvette’s in West Orange or Monday night trips to the Garden State Mall in Paramus. All our trips ended with some kind of food–Tabatchnik’s for smoked fish and Watson’s bagel factory next door in Irvington or Fannie Farmer Viennese crunch after chubby clothes at Lane Bryant at the Garden State didn’t fit. Still munching on the chocolate when we stopped at Howard Johnson’s on Route 17 South for fried clams. Add to this that my father owned a supermarket, and it should come as no surprise that I easily gained between twenty and twenty-five pounds a year.

I think these memories are really something I can work with. The more I write, the more I remember. Every line I wrote could be mined even more deeply. More sensory images, trying to think of tastes and smells, both real and metaphoric. My father’s pipe and later cigars. Comic book ink that smudged on fingers. The sheer joy of biting into that encrusted toffee filling of Viennese crunch. The softness of that salted bagel still hot from the factory. I’m not sure yet what the throughline of this particular snapshot will be. I’m thinking it could be nourishment: time with my dad, reading and music, food. I hope I can find some time this week to take this deeper.

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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