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Paula H: Questions on Your Life in Food

23 July 2010 2,128 views 8 Comments

Since Sylvia’s “life in food” kind of left off with Paula’s birth, it seemed to make sense to move to Paula’s stories next. Like the sweet and selfless mother that she is, when I asked her for old photos, she sent LOTS of her son Adam, but few of herself.

Paula H. – Born in 1948 (Sylvia‘s daughter, Lenny‘s wife, Adam‘s mother)

If you were given a dollar to buy treats when you were a kid, what would you buy?

Don’t remember being given a dollar to buy treats, but if I did, it more than likely was for Butterfinger.  Butterfinger is my all-time favorite candy bar!

Paula - 3 years old - 1951

Paula - 3 years old - 1951

Was dessert a special treat or a nightly ritual?

It was not a nightly ritual, but when we did have dessert, we’d have jello, pudding, or ice cream for dessert.  My sister called ice cream the “I” vitamin. One of my fondest memories of my father was him going into the freezer, pulling out the ice cream, and at the kitchen counter, singing “Ice cream, ice cream, we all scream for ice cream, who wants ice cream?”  My brother, sister, and I to this day really enjoy and love ice cream.

What food do you throw out? Do you eat leftovers?

We throw out the soggy salads.  Yes we eat leftovers…..but usually after 2-3 more meals of it, I’m sick of them.

What kind of cooking did your father do when you were growing up?

My father baked chocolate chip cookies for the family, and he’d also make french toast and waffles for breakfast.  Whenever my parents hosted a party, my mother did most of the preparations, but my father would help her out all the time.

1980 - Paula and her mom

1980 - Paula and her mom

What was your life like as a newlywed? How did you accommodate your wife/husband’s food preferences when you first got married?

Our life was good as newlyweds.  Lenny doesn’t have very strict food preferences, other than he likes his meals homemade from scratch, not from a box.  He’s always been the cook in our house; I’m the baker.  He enjoys cooking and is very good at it.  So now when Adam calls about a recipe, he doesn’t call me; he calls Lenny.  As with me, Lenny loves CHOCOLATE!

What was the first candy bar you remember eating?

My first candy bar was probably a Butterfinger.  Those are my favorite!

Did you ever steal a pack of gum?

I never stole a pack of gum.  Don’t remember if I was in junior high or high school, but one day a friend and I went to Woolworth’s to the soda fountain area, where we both ordered a Coke.  She didn’t pay for hers, and I didn’t pay for mine.  To this day I wonder why I followed what she did.  I’ve never forgotten that, and I’ve always paid for everything since then.

1985 - Paula, Lenny, and Adam

1985 - Paula, Lenny, and Adam

Did you share food with your neighbors? Could you borrow a cup of sugar from them?

Don’t actually remember sharing food with our neighbors, or borrowing a cup of sugar from them.  However, if need be, I know we would have.  Neighbors back then were friendlier with each other.

What did your mom make you when you were sick?

Because I didn’t remember anything particular, I asked my mother about this, and her answer……”you were never sick.”

Additional posts on “Your Life in Food” can be found here.

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  • Lindajbart

    I loved reading Paula's memories and just love the pictures. Jodi, these are all so wonderful and are true treasures, just like YOU!

  • Paula Holzband

    Hi Linda. Thank you; I loved answering the questions. Definitely having the pictures, whether it be in my “food memories,” yours, Andy's, or the others, is something to treasure. As for your daughter Jodi, we sincerely feel she is a treasure.
    Hi Jodi, you've done a wonderful job with the “food memories.” Really interesting reading of food memories down through the generations.

  • jodibart

    Thank you so much for all of your help, Paula. I know that scanning all of those pictures couldn't have been a picnic. I'm glad to hear you are enjoying the finished product!!

  • jodibart

    Thank you so much for all of your help, Paula. I know that scanning all of those pictures couldn't have been a picnic. I'm glad to hear you are enjoying the finished product!!

  • jodibart

    Thank you so much for all of your help, Paula. I know that scanning all of those pictures couldn't have been a picnic. I'm glad to hear you are enjoying the finished product!!

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