Arranging Thanksgiving and Christmas: Mothers and Homemade Pie Crust

In gratitude to findalis. I was relieved after the November 2012 elections that I had something to take my mind off of the results. After all, Thanksgiving was nearing. In the meantime, my 91 year old mother, who is sound of mind, walks with a walker, plays bingo, poker, bridge, pitch and Mexican Train, as well attends a movie twice a week at the assisted living place where she lives, was needing some special attention. Add to that the fact that due to a new work opportunity for our son, we had not seen him since Christmas 2011. He is now working 9 months out of the year in New York, while maintaining residence in Los Angeles. We scampered for L.A. to have Thanksgiving with him when invited. We also had two separate, last minute wonderful invitations from my next to the littlest brother and my sister-in-law to make short trips to Miami and Palm Desert with them. My littlest brother lives here, and when I’m gone he ably tends to Mom. So we went. After the Palm Desert trip, my Christmas tree was not up, my bannister was bare (but presents were ordered, wrapped and mailed from Amazon for the first time) and Mom and I had not done our annual Christmas baking.

Mom's Pie Crust

Mom’s Pie Crust

Four days after returning from the desert, our son arrived home. My Mother came for our traditional day of baking and a chili dinner. She stood in my kitchen and made pie crust for three pies – the first time to do so for 8 years. No one but my lovely mother-in-law could make a pie like my Mother. While every year Mom assists in making some of her all-time famous recipes for us here at my house (seated at a table), she had not attempted standing to make crust – her favorite thing to do (cookies pale in the light of a great crust). She has advanced macular degeneration and her eyesight is failing at a rapid pace (she has her own bingo card and has it memorized). Her pie crusts were not quite as pretty as they used to be, but were exactly as flaky and mouthwatering as always. This was a jubilant year for her and for me.

So for these reasons, I offer my humble thanks to findalis of Monkey in the Middle who posted here so faithfully, without my asking (she simply sees a need and appears), while I was gone. I know it is a burden to do so, and her generosity is overwhelming. I thank everyone who continued to stop by, continued to link findalis’ fine work, tweet it and leave comments. I will attempt to return the kindness in 2013.

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  • http://findalismonkeyinthemiddle.blogspot.com/ findalis

    No thanks are necessary when you do a kindness for a friend, Maggie.

    That pie crust looks fantastic. A lot better than mine. How fortunate you are to still have your mother. I lost my beloved mother 27 years ago and still miss her.

    • http://maggiesnotebook.com Maggie

      findalis, I’ve known you several years now – I think about 5. You do a lot for your friends – beyond posting. You are a jewel. Oh gosh, losing a mother that many years ago! I have close friends who have the same situation. My dad has been gone 12-1/2 years ago. I often think what he would have thought about 9/11. It would have broke his heart.

  • montanaconserv

    Having lost my older brother a few years ago.. always choose family if the opportunity arises! Sounds like you had a great time!

    And Thanks to Findalis for the great work!

    • http://maggiesnotebook.com Maggie

      montanaconserv, I can’t imagine losing a sibling (2 brothers). I’m the oldest, so maybe won’t have to go through that. Thank you for the support for Findalis. She should like her own site here, but I can’t get her to do so!!!!!

  • http://faithsunansweredquestions.blogspot.com/ Carl Middleton

    Faith, hope and love. The greatest of these is love … so love her as long as you have her.

    • http://maggiesnotebook.com Maggie

      Carl, I certainly do. I know how fortunate I am and we have a great time together – especially deciding where we’ll have lunch :-)