Thursday, July 12, 2012
food and memories associated with it
As the anniversary of my dads death approaches, I am reminded of that night. My cousin and I had walked down to an ice cream store and each bought an ice cream cone. My favorite flavour at the time was mint chocolate chip. As we walked home, eating our ice cream I started to feel sick - so sick, that I threw the ice cream cone away (and for anyone that knew me then - knew this was odd, I would continue eating ice cream even if I felt sick, never would I waste it)
As we reached my street, a car pulled up and my mom flew out of it - and she practically shoved my cousin in with the driver (who was a friend of my moms, but my cousin didn't know the person). My mom needed to find me before I got home, because she didn't want me arriving home and seeing police, fire and ambulance in front of our house.
My father had died. It was a very surreal experience, and I am sure that is why I felt sick - it was as if I had been punched in the stomach.....something I haven't felt since that event. It was a very long time before I could eat mint chip ice cream again.....I tried once or twice, but would end up feeling ill and just not able to take more than 1 or 2 bites. It has been 17 years (almost) since he died, and in the last year I have finally been able to enjoy mint chip again.
It just amazes me how the brain associates certain things. When I was a little girl, I ended up with a stomach flu. The last thing I had eaten before getting sick, was mint brownies....for over 10 years I couldn't eat a mint brownie because it reminded me of that flu I had as a kid......
Do you have any memories (good or bad) associated with food?