A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 200, Thursday
July 19th, 2018
Chapter Four: Diet
Eating was a necessity, there were many days when she wished she could dispense with it altogether.
The rituals of cooking, the textures of food, brought her to places she did not want to dwell in. Not that the memories were unpleasant, that was not necessarily so, but she could not avoid the nexus of memories those activities brought her to.
What bothered Kathy was the lack of control.
Flavors and odors haunted her, they hovered around and clung to her like ghosts.
Taste and smell could transported her instantly to past times, and past ages, placing her in a kind fuge, unbidden, that should not escape from.
Kathy found solace in the bland, comfort in modern processed foods, foods that were completely new and entirely foreign to human experience.
She did not want to mix anything in a bowl, stir something in a pot, engage in knife work, or butchery.
Even the smell of baking bread, so pleasing and comforting to almost every person in the world, even that was troublesome for Kathy.
Eating was a necessity.
Kathy consumed most of her calories like an astronaut, sucking it out of packages that did not require any processing.
The most pleasing thing to her was coffee.
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