Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Family life and large freezers

Some weeks before I set out on this journey, my father had summoned a family meeting. "There arrives a time in the life of every family," he had said in his opening words, "when it becomes ready to acquire a large freezer chest."
From "Everything" in
Love and Obstacles, by Aleksandar Hemon
I read this and I burst out laughing. I think it was some time in the mid-90s that my family went through a large-freezer-chest phase. My parents got one, then it died and they got another. Each set of grandparents got one. Aunts and uncles on both side. Our downstairs neighbors. THEIR downstairs neighbors, too. WOW. I remember thinking... what's with the freezers?!

I am still confused about it. I think that people at the time were still worried about food shortages and wanted to stock up on essentials, in case something happened. Also, of course, we used to slaughter the family pig once a year, usually around Christmas. I think my grandparents still do. Storage must have been an issue before deep-freezers came into the picture.

Photo via Prof. Grady


  1. This country went through that phase, too, only it was so we could buy discount tubs of ice cream or bags of chicken breasts from Costco.

  2. Okay, this is funny.
    Somewhere in the 80s my mom's company was paid with freezers for something they exported to Slovenia. So, she too got paid with a freezer once instead of a pay check. We had no room for it in the kitchen so it ended up in our living room. When the big deficits of the 90s arrived, a bunch of neighbours asked us if they could store their supplies in our freezer too. We were the most popular appartment in the building. Seems like everyone has a freezer story. But the funniest is that every American family has a freezer in their garage as well. Did freezers ever made it to a "Top inventions of all times" list? We should nominate them.

  3. Oh, I remember the freezer phase! All of a sudden everyone kicked out the old Mraz and got big, white Arctic cold monster in their kitchen.
    When the freezer question came to our family council mom was the only one who opposed.
    "No, she said, we do not need a freezer. We will buy a personal computer instead".
    That was a good decision.

  4. i grew up with large freezers, and in fact my whole family still has their own in the garage. in fact my parents have at least TWO plus the regular freezer in the house. i'm from alaska though. and my father and brother in law hunt. for EVERYTHING. so, there is a lot to keep frozen.

    i have a completely different question for you though--OH MY GOD WHAT MASCARA DO YOU SWEAR BY NOW AGAIN CAUSE I NEED IT!!! AHHHH!!!!

  5. what a sweet and nostalgic conversation. who knew that we all had so many freezer stories to share!!! loving it!

    elaine: i use and LOVE l'oreal's double extend beauty tubes mascara. i got it after somebody recommended it to me in THAT facebook discussion. it's the type of mascara that has a white (primer) side and mascara side. i don't use the primer because it makes me look like a drag-queen (love drag, not appropriate for work tho). the thing that i love about it is that it doesn't smudge ONE BIT. the mascara creates a coat around your lashes, elongates and thickens. at the end of the day, you just wash it off with water. the mascara tubes slide right off. it looks a bit creepy, it looks like your lashes are coming off. :D i watched "precious" earlier tonight and cried and cried and cried. the mascara didn't smudge or come off at all. i am never going back. to be honest, i don't think it's the brand, it's that type of mascara that works... let me know if you get it and what you think!!! (i got laura mercier illuminating tinted moisturizer, smashbox photofinish primer, and nars blush in orgasm, also as recommendations from that facebook discussions and recommend it all)

  6. Mine I guess, is a freezer related story. When I was about 10 years old and living in Sofia, my mom brought a case of packaged frozen spinach, which she found on our street. As luck would have it, a big pile of frozen spinach fell out of a passing truck, and most of our neighbours took home as much as they can carry. This was still in the hungry years of socialism and I remember eating spinach for months after that. Our tiny freezer was full of it.