A WRITER'S WIT
Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you.
Born July 26, 1894
The Most Difficult Meal
July 28, 2014, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, “Last Meal at Whole Foods”: A twenty-eight-year-old male narrator whose mother has three months to live recalls his life as a child with his single parent. ¶ I kept thinking as I read this story: I’ve been here (caring for elderly parent), and I find it uncomfortable. Yet Sayrafiezadeh takes us to a familiar place that also belongs just to his narrator and mother: the professor who impregnates his mother but who’s too busy to marry her or provide for his son; their life of living on Goodwill and Whole Foods; his mother’s fixation on seeing that he receives a proper education—even to the point of playing Scrabble missing an “f”. She is squeamish about his manners:
“When I was a child, she would screech and recoil anytime my finger approached the vicinity of my nose” (66).
Lettering by Marion Deuchars
Photograph by James Ross