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In Response to RE: Memoir prompt June 2012: High School Memories by Sparkel18
Its interesting how one memory can open up another. Thinking about the smell of the rolls cooking reminded me that in elementary school we would have a cup of orange juice midmorning. Two students would be selected to go to the cafeteria to get the big gallon jars. We did not drink orange juice at home and I still remember the taste of this juice. As children our sense of taste is more inhanced and there is nothing like experiencing something for the first time.
Another memory is of waiting our turn as a class to go to lunch. The first graders would go the earliest and the senors last. Our school contained all grades from 1 through 12. I must have been in the fifth grade and I recall the smell of the rolls had made me very impatient for our turn to eat. We had to go two abreast out of the building and up a series of concrete steps to get to the cafeteria. The cafeteria was located in a separate building from the elementary classrooms and from the high school building.
Walking down the sidewalk approaching the cafeteria I was listening to two of my classmates talking. They were saying in a sing song voice "Step on a crack, break your mother's back." and would laugh with glee whenever anyone stepped on a crack. So naturally I began to avoid the cracks in the sidewalk. (Once I began doing this I continued the habit until it became an obsession that lasted for several years.)
Entering the cafeteria I noticed the table decorations which were straw cornucopias filled with various fruits and vegetable and autumn leaves in shades of red, gold and yellow. These were real "Sweet Gum" tree leaves and not plastic. It must have been Thanksgiving week. A girl in front of me had her hair pulled back in what was called a "horse tail". I believe it was a new way of wearing hair for many students were commenting on it. Later it became know as a "pony tail".
Why I have remembered this specific day I do not know but it is very clear in my mind. I think it was the smell of the rolls that evoked it.