After school in the fall

Posted Nov. 21, 2010, at 9:55 p.m.

 After school in the fall
              was usually a
                   pickling fragrance time. 
         Mother made relish
              and pickles, both
                   sweet and sour. 
         It was the combination
              of vinegar and spices
                   creating the smell
         that ushered in the season. 
              There were onions
                   to be peeled
         and the papery skin
              of garlic to be removed. 
                   I’d help by slicing
         cucumbers, or squeezing
              small ones into jars
                   with a head of dill
         and a bit of red pepper. 
              After, a mixture of hot
                   vinegar and salt was added,
          each jar was capped.  Then we waited
              for the tell-tale pop
                   that sealed them
         before they could be stored for winter. 

Robert L. Keniston is a former teacher now working as an ed tech at Foxcroft Academy.

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