CELC’s Why Cook? class not only has students thinking about culinary arts, but also has them considering how to express their experiences through creative writing. The Why Cook? blog below tells the tale of an onion’s journey from soil to soup,  as written by 3rd-year CELC student, Cade M.

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I:  “I was once one. Now I am many.”

II : “We tried to slip from his grasp, but we failed.”

I: “I wanted to avoid our pain, pain of my cutting, pain of his crying.”

II :  “We remember, we remember our soil, we remember the life – the life we once had, the life we never can have again, for we also remember the pain and death.”

I:  “The overseers, that’s what I called them; it means nothing, though. Not any more. I thought they took care of me, protected me! Did that mean nothing?!”

II :  “No! No! It meant something. We should not think of them as the great traitors, the evil betrayers – they are not the Benedict Arnolds of this world!”

I:  “How can you say that? You remember? We remember. Plucked from our home, they betrayed us, murdered us, viciously slaughtered us. They had NO MERCY.”

II :  “They had mercy, so much mercy. They gave us so much. Water, Soil, Shelter – they let us live!”

I:  “But they destroyed me. Why would they do that? I – I – I – mean we trusted him, l – o – v … e – d him. But now …”

II :  “We are part of a greater cycle. All life must grow and die, from the littlest acorn to the tallest cedar. All life – plant and animal – comes to an end.”

I:  “So … that means that I , we,  are a cycle. When we die, we make way for new plants. We are one line in a million generations, so this is how we come to be. This is how it was and how it will always be.”

II :  “Perhaps there were previous universes. I wonder if every universe is also a cycle …”

I:  “Maybe. We all live and die – from our parents to our great, great grandchildren.”

I and II in unison:  “There is no end of life, or beginning. There is no birth or death. It is all a cycle. We shall always live on in the next generation and in the past. Just as the other plants and animals and just as … you.”