Thursday, July 23, 2009

Stirring the Pot

Another drabble, written in response to Gather's Wednesday Writing Essentials challenge...

Warm and sweet, thick’n heavy, the air is treacle and bubbles release their childhood scents from the pan; jam butties for lunch. “Peanut butter’n jelly” says the voice in her head, but what have peanuts got to do with fruit?

“If you fall in the jelly you’ll be in a jam,” chants the memory of children and books. “But Mum, what’s jelly got to do with jam?”—American books that couldn’t even spell “colour.”

Ah, but Sheila’s American now, spells “color,” eats “Jello” at parties…

and stirs the pot of memories, warm and sweet; jam butties tomorrow, flavored with love.

100 words

Written for Wednesday Writing essentials

* include a glaring incongruity
* use the word Jello
* include your name, and
* make reference to something falling

A quick translation for my American friends, butties = sandwiches, so-called 'cause they've got butter on. And chip butties (i.e. sandwiches with cold butter and hot chunky fries) are the best of the best.


Hywela Lyn said...

Thank you so much Sheila - much appreciated.

Loved your Blog Post - two Nations divided by a common language!

Helen Ginger said...

I love the sound of jam butties. And I'm glad you defined them. I would have thought peanut butter and jam sandwiches.

Straight From Hel

Anonymous said...

Ah, now I'm hungry for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I wonder whoever came up with that combination?

Anonymous said...

I've always like the British terms. I don't always understand what they mean, but they're fun to listen to. I worked with a girl from England. Really nice person. We'd kid around with her and ask her what language she was speaking. She had a great sense of humor about it.