Recently I worked with a wonderful associate at Bloomingdales, who showered me with great service...so of course...I took him some shortbread.
Days later we spoke by phone, and he told me he bit into a piece and it brought him to tears.
While I appreciated his reaction...I thought it rather extreme.
He then explained:
Last year, he suffered a Traumatic Brain injury, lost 10 yrs of his life from his memory.
Eating a piece of shortbread, triggered a memory of his father, who has since passed...a particular memory until that moment, was lost because of his injury.
This story so touched me - because making this shortbread always feel like such an ode to Nana & Mum.
= The Shortbread Effect=