Skip Navigation LinksHOME → BAMBOO SHOOTS LISTING → KAWAKAMI DELICATESSEN'S SMALLEST HELPER

BAMBOO SHOOTS
Works of fiction and poetry by friends of Bamboo Ridge Press.

kristelKRISTEL

I'm socially awkward. http://www.kristelyoneda.com

THIS IS A GREAT BR FISHING AND WISHING 100 ENTRY

Kawakami Delicatessen's Smallest Helper

Published by KRISTEL | Friday, September 30, 2011 6:13 PM


September entry, BR Fishing & Wishing 100 - 100 contest, 253 words. Theme 3! Some of my favorite memories from childhood. Their food was damn delicious.


I am cracking eggs into a large plastic jar in the kitchen,
Kawakami Delicatessen's smallest helper,
as the morning rush of construction workers order okazu from Aunty Fumi out front.

I stack broken shells on top of each other,
high enough that it begins to tip in its saggy carton,
and Aunty Aki-chan compliments my egg-cracking abilities.
"But no crack too hard," she reminds me.

She lets me write my breakfast order on the same notepad and pen she uses for customers.
I always ask for pancakes and Portuguese sausage,
but she lets me write it down anyway.
I practice my cursive.

Grandma and the aunties play the Ka'au Crater boys on their dusty boombox.
Between songs, I wipe off flour fingerprints from the play button
and they hum their favorites together in the kitchen,
calling each other Japanese names I've never heard before.

I watch Grandma scoop the rice onto the big sheet of nori,
sculpting it carefully into a log.
It crunches as she rolls it,
and then wets her finger to seal it in one smooth movement.

In the afternoons, I make coke-floats in small dixie cups with plenty of ice cream.
I hand them out one by one and Grandma thanks me with a big hug.
Aunty Aki-chan wipes her hands on her apron before taking a sip,
then goes back to kneading the macaroni salad in a big, steel bowl.
We laugh when the noodles squish between her fingers,
as I scoop more ice cream into my cup.




RECOMMEND THIS PAGE

Tell others about this page on your social networks.


COMMENTS


If you have an account, why not login to comment?

kristel - Saturday, October 01, 2011 1:44 PM.


Thank you for being so nice :D

And yes, okazuya! My aunty used to make the best fried chicken! That's why I was such a chubby kid lol

appleblossum - Friday, September 30, 2011 9:17 PM.


This was so comforting, what a great memory! Thank you for sharing it with us. Your pieces always have this wonderful... atmosphere about them, yet they're very grounded. I'm a fan.

"Aunty Aki-chan compliments my egg-cracking abilities."

Also..mmm okazuya.