This is the first year I’ve celebrated the holidays without my mom. Now I know how many of you feel when you write about missing a parent at Christmas. Your blog posts prepared me. I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve been one blessed woman to have my mom for so long. She lived a full ninety-six years. As my friend, Carla, told me “still, she’s your mother and you’ll miss her when she goes to heaven.” Now it’s my turn to write about it.
Mom seems to be everywhere. I was hanging ornaments on the tree with Christmas music playing in the background when Mario Lanza started singing - one of her favorites. She loved the classical and religious carols, like me. Many of my ornaments were hand made by mom, either crocheted or created in her ceramic class. My prized possession is my Lladro Nativity that I’ve been displaying for over 30 years!
And recipes…oh, my! Mom was a baker and it seems like when I sift through my recipe file, I find my favorites and they’re written out in her beautiful handwriting. I also have pretty handwriting like her – not bragging, I know it’s a gift passed down.
One recipe that stopped me in my tracks was challenging to make but my brother, Denny, loves it. She always made nut-filled crescents for him so I attempted it and sent the cookies to him last week. Denny is my hero. He faithfully cares for his wife, Bonnie, who suffered brain damage six months ago. He deserves so much more than cookies. But I bet he’s missing mom too. The recipe is on my other blog posted here.
Mom was a great one to call when things fell apart. She was a mighty prayer warrior, and a practical woman too. So when I found her “recipe” for clogged pipes, I smiled. Our kitchen sink has had a severe clog for over a week now. It’s getting better, but not totally fixed yet despite the Liquid Plumber and plumbing snakes. The recipe reads: Combine a cup of baking soda with one cup of salt and pour down the drain. Follow with two quarts of boiling water. Wait 30 minutes and then flush with cool water.
See, I told you. It’s like she’s right here, offering some advice!