Day 266 - The Card That Keeps On Giving.
Oh hello family! Aren't families funny? Just like recipes, family gatherings need the right components and bake time to make something great. However, think about the lack of story our lives would contain without our families. Take for instance, my paternal grandmother. She was a spitfire. She grew up during the Great Depression but even it couldn't stop her from being a REAL firecracker. There wasn't a moment when she didn't speak her mind.
There was the time she told the guy at the big box store he didn't need all that beer. The time she whispered to my brother that in case of divorce, he got the comforter gift she purchased for their wedding present. She drove a mini van until she was ninety-three years old and didn't mind telling anyone to get out of her way. However, what I remember best about her was she always could put life in perspective. Oh, and she could cook.
Grandma is gone now. When she passed, my family asked if there was anything I wanted from her belongings. I welcomed her recipe box and her wooden rolling pin. Today, I pulled out the recipe box. It isn't fancy. The plastic is worn and the design is dated. The recipes inside are tattered and torn. However, with each card, I think of a time and a place in my life. From Thanksgiving dinners to summer suppers, whether good or bad, each of these moments filled my life with a story.
Today, pull out a recipe and create a memory. Think of the story that goes along with the recipe. Write down or e-mail the recipe and the story. Pass it on to someone in your life. Maybe you have a hummus recipe that is always the summer darling at any party. Or a chocolate cake recipe that makes you remember dad. Perhaps your chicken noodle recipe can comfort any cold. Whatever recipe you select, just remember it's the card that keeps on giving.
Until tomorrow family!