Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I miss my mom. She has been gone now for fifteen years. She died way too young at 60 years old. None of us had any idea that we would be losing her so soon. She had arthritis and fibromyalgia but we had no idea that she had any issues with her heart. As I think back I should have known there was something more seriously wrong with her since she would get completely worn out just going to the post office and getting her hair done. It would take her “days” to recover her energy. It screamed heart issues, but we just didn’t know. Now I wonder if maybe she too had Lupus and it had gone undiagnosed and was slowly killing her.
One special memory that I have of mom centers around Thanksgiving and her oyster stuffing. Most people have cornbread stuffing with their holiday meals, but mom would put an East Coast twist on hers and make herb stuffing with oysters. (She would always use Pepperidge Farm Herbed Stuffing Mix). It was the best. It was much moister and flavorful to me. Not at all dry like some stuffing can be. Since she’s been gone it seemed like the oyster stuffing went away with her. The majority don’t care for oysters and it just doesn’t seem prudent to make a whole batch of oyster stuffing for only one or two people. So…I just ate a tin of smoked oysters instead just now. Not the same, but still very yummy!
Another thing that is a “Mom” thing at the holidays are “Queen Anne Cordial Cherries”. They always come out around Thanksgiving and she always had to have a box…or two…maybe even three! Well tonight when I was at the store buying some last minute things for our Thanksgiving meal tomorrow I spotted them on the shelf! I bought two boxes! I have to admit…maybe it is the medication I am taking for my Lupus, but maybe it’s just because I miss her, but my eyes watered a little when I was walking up to the check out counter. I felt like she was a little more near by for just a moment. Love you mom.