Brown Sugar

Posted on February 12, 2014

Mattie’s kitchen wasn’t much to talk about. The appliances were past their prime a decade ago. The linoleum tiles that still remained were either faded or cracked. And at first glance, you’d be hard pressed to see how more than three adults could squeeze into the tiny space. But with her years of experience, she’d mastered churning out delectable dishes running the gamut from culinary classics to southern delicacies to gourmet masterpieces. And while she might not be world-renown, she was well respected in her hometown of Tenement, Tennessee.

The problem was that she was getting older. She didn’t move as fast and she couldn’t stay upright as long anymore. And on lonely Sunday evenings, she’d reflect on her life and worry that all of the knowledge that she had accumulated over her 72 years would die along with her.

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