Take, Eat by Lee Martin

I really liked Lee Martin’s story about food and family. Food allergy is a useful analogy for the effects of addiction: Even when it poisons our body, we crave that to which we are addicted. It is not uncommon to feel love, yearning and loss–sometimes decades later–for things we lose to sobriety. Family as well as food. 

I pulled the car into a parking spot in front of Hovey’s. “We’re just killing time, right?” I said to Deb, and she agreed to go inside.

That wasn’t the whole truth, that part about killing time. I wasn’t aware of it then, but I am now. Somewhere inside me that evening was the ridiculous belief that I could walk into Hovey’s, order anything I wanted from the menu and make myself at home, order a Big Murt and fries and a chocolate shake, and shoot the breeze with the waitress about the holiday basketball tournament at the high school, the Christmas lights at the park, the dark days of winter we’d face together, by golly, in this small, wink-you’ll-miss-it town.

Read the whole story at Sweet

2 Responses to “Take, Eat by Lee Martin”

  1. I love this story in the context of a metaphor for addiction. I had previously read “Take, Eat” but I hadn’t considered it in this way. I don’t know Mr. Martin, but I am almost certain he did not have addicts or addiction in mind when he wrote this. And yet, I can see how easily a story like this would speak to, say, an alcoholic who comes from a family with a strong drinking culture. This is exactly the kind of story I’d like to see explored more in literature, but invariably stories about alcoholics always seem to focus on an alcoholic reaching their lowest point. I realize there is an important place for this sort of redemptive narrative arc (especially with stories about addiction) but I don’t think it has to end there.

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