Jill Storey
A Recipe for Certain Times of Life

Jill Storey - A Recipe for Certain Times of Life

Creative Nonfiction
Jill Storey’s essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the Gettysburg Review, Zyzzyva, Salon, Brain, Child and many other publications.… Read more »
Matthew Gavin Frank
The Mynah Bird Eats Hawaiian Shave Ice

Matthew Gavin Frank - The Mynah Bird Eats Hawaiian Shave Ice

Creative Nonfiction
Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of the nonfiction books Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and… Read more »

A Recipe for Certain Times of Life

Jill Storey

I have decided to give you my recipe for scrambled eggs. You may not think this is much of a gift, but I promise these are no ordinary eggs. So stop what you’re doing, and listen.

First, gather eggs, still warm, from the chicken coop. The chickens won’t mind, especially if you sprinkle some cracked corn on the ground to distract them. If you’re by yourself, you could take two, but take at least four; you want to be open to the unexpected. Carefully wash off the sticky bits of straw and streaks of mud from the shells. Apologize to each egg for what you are about to do. Now crack them into a bowl, perhaps one that belonged to your grandmother and is dinged or chipped from the time she dropped it when your mother came running into the kitchen shouting that Joe, the one with long eyelashes who plays the cello, has invited her to the dance. Give the empty eggshells to your cat to lick. Regard the eggs floating in the bowl, like glaring eyes that seem to look back at you. Check for bits of eggshell and if you find any, fish them out with a… Read more »