When I think back to all the grief I caused my parents when I was young and rebellious; I cringe. Of course payback is … well… pay back, as I now have children of mine own. There was a time in my life when I just didn’t want to be a mother anymore. It’s a tough job. But at the same time when I am remorsing my behavior, my mother also apologizes for her behavior towards us as youngsters. Really mom, all I remember about growing up is how much fun it was. I love you so much.
But today we celebrate motherhood. How wonderful it would have been if God had given me more children because I just love love love the two I had. I love their spouses and I really love my two little granddaughters.
But I miss my grandmother also on days like today. Especially because my cousin, Marion, and I baked 46 kuchen yesterday for her daughter’s wedding next weekend. I learned how to bake kuchen from my mother and I use her mother’s recipe. It’s the best. WE had fun baking for all afternoon. My husband said at suppertime, “You two talked for six hours straight.”
I hadn’t noticed.
That’s what Saturday baking day is all about. My mother, who by the way is stilling living in Jamestown, and her friend, Gladys Wittmaier, baked together all the time. They butchered together and they had fun together.
So, I’m thinking about my mom today and how hard she says her life was. I’m thinking how wonderful it was – that rather than run to a huge supermarket and buy groceries for her five children – she had the privilege of making her own food and spending time with her friend, talking.
It was a much simpler time. And while that doesn’t mean life was easy, it sure was slower and there were more visits to family and more Sunday afternoons after church just being… We are, of course, human beings, not human doings… (not my quote, but I don’t know who said it.)
So enjoy your mother today, your aunts, your grandmothers, your children and your grandchildren. It’s Mother’s Day.
PS: Grandma Meidinger’s kuchen recipe is in our new book Ewiger Saatz – Everlasting Yeast… it’s gone to the printer and we anxiously await its arrival. If you preordered the book, the books will be mailed the day after we pick them up – first class so you might enjoy them as soon as possible.
Gute Essen… and Happy Mother’s Day.