The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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My childhood penpal and her family came to visit us in 2012.  We would spend meals around the dining room table comparing Sweden and America.  We came to the conclusion that everything is big in America and that Swedes life a much more

“Breakfast is served” my husband yelled as he placed a pile of pancakes on the table.

We all ran to the dining room table for breakfast.  My pen pal Katarina was vising with her family – her husband, Lars Ake and two daughters, Sofia and Frida.  We have not seen each other in 22 years.  The day before we had “Swedish Pancakes” and today we were comparing them to “American Pancakes”.

Sofia and Frida sat at the table unsure of how to eat them.  My daughter Kiley instructed them to use butter and a lot of syrup.  We all started to eat and the girls faces lite up with huge smiles.

I reminded Katarina that she needed to write down the recipe for Swedish pancakes.  As I said this, a flurry of Swedish flew around the room and Katarina started laughing.  

“What is so funny” I asked?

“Well” Katarina said…. “Sofia would like the recipe for your pancakes.”

“Oh, is that all?”

“Yes” Katraina said.  “I am trying to explain to her that you probably don’t have a recipe and she doesn’t understand why.”

I got up from the table and went into a cupboard in the kitchen.  I grabbed a box and put it behind my back.

“Sofia, I can give you the recipe if you like.  It is very easy” I said as I handed her a box of Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix.

She looked confused as I handed the box to her and she asked her mother a question in Swedish.

Katarina laughed again and I looked at both of them and said “Americans, we like things fast and easy!”

Pancakes…not from scratch?

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July 2012
Manchester, NJ

My childhood penpal and her family came to visit us in 2012. We would spend meals around the dining room table comparing Sweden and America. We came to the conclusion that everything is big in America and that Swedes life a much more "natural" life style than Americans. Foods are made from scratch and they do not use a lot of prepared mixes as we do.

Decade: 2010s
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