Saturday, April 12, 2014

K is for . . . THE KNISH

Welcome to The Blogging from A-Z Challenge April 2014! This year, I’m offering up a story – each one 100 words or fewer - for each letter of the alphabet.

Some are heartfelt, poignant, sweet. Others are…not. 

I hope you enjoy them.


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THE KNISH

Edna wanders the farmers’ market, another lonely old woman trying to lose, and find, herself in the crowd.

A knish stand appears as if conjured from her childhood’s Brooklyn neighborhood. The old man hands her the warm, doughy potato goodness. Grease seeps through the wrapper, coats her fingers. The first bite takes her home - to the corner deli, to Italian ices and chocolate egg creams, to boys playing stickball, to wishing Tony Lombardi would notice her….

“That’s three dollars, Miss.” The old man grins, winks.

Blushing like a fool, she pays, and catches a glimpse of his name tag.

Anthony.

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34 comments:

  1. Could it be...?
    Be sure to stop by today, Madeline!

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  2. Love that fact that it's taste that conjures the memory :)
    Sophie
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  3. Alex - I'm on my way! :)

    Sophie - I usually try to work different senses into my writing as much as I can. Glad this worked!

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  4. Ah, so she does get her "Tony-Anthony"? Or at least a wink. :) Nice story!

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  5. Oh now I LOVED that wrap up that leaves you hanging! Great flash!

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  6. BTW, pinned your blog on my blogs I like board...

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  7. Lisa - thank you so much! And I really appreciate your comment on my "A" post.

    Susan - you never know.... :)

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  8. I love it! If I ever fall in love over a knish, my life will be made. :)

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  9. I love this! You sucked me right into the story...and you made me want a knish!

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  10. Patricia, Madeline - thank you!

    Liza - I actually had a knish today. :)

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  11. It was so descriptive that I'm hungry now. I'd like a knish, too.

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  12. That's really cute, I love it! I love your line, "...trying to lose and find herself in the crowd." Beautiful.

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  13. Kudos and glad to see you're helping to elevate the knish to its rightful status as repository of memories and catalyst for stories and deliciousness.

    Yum!

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  14. Fanny - if only I could've shared the one I had today with you all. :)

    Laura - love your comment! :)

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  15. Aww, this is so clever! Great little story :) Now I have to look up a recipe for knish, never heard of it!!

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  16. Perfect! In my mind I know it's her Tony. :)

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  17. KMcHendry, Bob - thank you!

    Phoenix - watch out, that will be dangerous. :)

    Julie - maybe…. :)

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  18. Pretty neat, thoughtful beginning and loved the ending, too! Hope it's his Tony :)
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  19. That was so awesome! Love the ending. How cool that you are not only doing the A to Z challenge but it's a challenge with 1 new story each day!

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  20. Hi Madeline, a new follower here. I envy writers who can write short fiction (100 words). I just need a whole lot of words to tell a story :(

    Loved ' The Knish'

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  21. Rachna - thanks! I don't usually start out with just 100 words - I have to keep cutting it down until I get to the kernel, the heart of the story.

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  22. Just that one word "Anthony" leads to so many possibilities. Thank you.

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  23. Crystal - more stories or more knishes? :)

    Susan - you're welcome!

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  24. Ah, a knish sounds delicious right now! Cute story! Just came by to say "hi" from Alex's!

    Julie

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  25. I have no idea what a knish looks like, but what a beautiful little story. Taste and smell are such wonderful nudges to memory.
    Tasha
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  26. Empty Nest - thanks! And thank you for stopping by.

    Tasha - if you like potato, you'd like a knish. :)

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  27. LOVE this one!! You took me back there with her to the corner store. I could practically feel the grease on my fingers and see the kids playing stickball in the street. You are truly talented!

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  28. Kristin - I love when my work does that for people!

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  29. How cute!!!

    And Knishes were always one of my favorite parts of visiting the city (I grew up about an hour north so we went there a lot).

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