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What we’re missin’

What We're Missin'


It is the first week of February. The winter holidays are mostly past us now, or will soon run their course. If we are lucky, we have rationed our new year’s stash relatively well. These were the inevitable gift baskets, the plates of snacks, the symbolic wad of bills sent by our grandparents which is supposed to “hold us over” till our birthdays six months later. But now, is February, and it’s cold. Fruit is expensive, yet beer is cheap. Such were the realizations I gained from witnessing the sign shown above. Plastered on front of an outdoor freezer in a village north of town, it beckoned me from across the road. The fruits someone’s labor, it showed me just about everything that up until that moment I didn’t know I was missin’.


This signage was all the more poignant because it was positioned in front of a small Hanaro-mart, which upon entering contained only one of the fruits pictured above; mandarins of course. However, it did have copious amounts of booze, enough to drive the drinker back into hibernation till the wind and chill releases its grasp on this surprisingly fragile land. I left the mart that day with just a pack of gum and a Pocari Sweat, neither of which got the job done. However, when getting the film back from the developer, I realized that sometimes just knowing that something better is out there can be all the incentive necessary to make it to spring. On that note, stay warm friends!


[Image taken with my Contax T2 shooting Kodak Ektar 100.]


(Photo & Text by Marty Miller)