Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Flash Fiction: Memories of Mother


"Why do you spend so much time making that? Can't you just buy it from Aling Siony?"

Carding always asks me that question each time I go through my weekly ritual. It's not so much petulance, I think, as it is concern. Boiling rice over our woodfire stove, pounding ginger, adding a dash of chocolate and pinipig.... It's a long process, molded by years of tradition.

I say nothing, though, I only smile, and Carding shuffles off to another household chore, as if to show what else I could be doing. I calmly wrap the rice in the banana leaves and put it on the clay pot.

But I know in an hour's time, when the fragrance of the sticky rice wafts through the house, his mood will mellow down. When I remove my work of art from the pot, he will be at the table waiting silently.

Then he will say: "Ah, Neneng, this brings back memories of mother you know. Aling Siony could never really get it right."

And I know it will all have been worthwhile. Suman latik, just like mother used to make.

3 comments:

  1. Awwwwwwwwww...
    What a touching suman sa latik story!

    I will post a song. Sort of ;) Later...

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  2. D'oh! I'm so silly I didn't read Jonas' note completely. I'm a week early. Oh, well...

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  3. No problem there, Dominique. At least people now get ideas of how to do theirs. Me I made a mock ad in my blog as a sample.

    I think we're going to be getting very interesting entries by next Wednesday. :)

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