|Posted by Sherry Gray on April 5, 2014 at 11:55 AM|
At the first part of this week I worked on a rather larger architect rendering of the new Morinaga candy factory. Morinaga is Japan’s largest candy company and will soon begin construction on a US facility close to the Orange/Alamance county line. Orange County officials courted the candy company which is expected to begin production in 2015.
All this talk about candy led me to stare again at the tin collection I have framed and hanging in the saw room. There is no glass on the piece, and I have just used silicone to stick the tins to a mat, which I then framed. If you look closely, you might see dust! And the whole piece brings a lot of memories to mind… there’s an empty tin of Bag Balm. I used a lot of that stuff when I was a basket maker in a previous life. And Rosebud Salve. I never see that without thinking of my grandmother Rozillie Chambers because she loved the stuff almost as much as my daughter. And the baking powder and mustard tins remind me of family mealtimes. And a couple of candy tins bring to mind “goobers”.
We grew the majority of the food we ate in our house. Besides having a huge garden, we lived on a hog farm and had plenty of pork. Granny and Grandaddy Gray raised broilers and we processed the leftovers for the freezer, and once in a while Daddy had a steer butchered for the freezer. Besides buying flour, salt, pepper, sugar, lightbread and mayonnaise we just didn’t go to the store much. But when Mama or Daddy traveled to The Line to buy cigarettes, it was a good bet that a bagful of goobers would come home with them. The Line store was right inside the Georgia/North Carolina line and they sold the best chocolate covered peanuts you ever ate. I’ve bought some at various places over the years and none were as good as those!
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