I Miss My Mom and Her Oyster Stuffing…

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.

Past Thanksgiving First Turkey

Mom’s first turkey and her audience “me”. (She stuffed it so full it kind of exploded.)

Past Thanksgiving Early Days

The finished product full of stuffing with more stuffing in the bowl!

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!

Past Thanksgiving

Rick and Russ enjoying some of Mom’s Thanksgiving Feast

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.

Queen Anne Cordial Cherries


About Moqqi

I was born in the Midwest but I have actually lived more of my life on the West Coast. I am looking forward to that day when I once again am living in the Midwest. Hopefully that will mean that I am retired and getting to live life at a bit of a slower pace! I've been married to the same guy for 36 years! We met when he was working for a semi-pro hockey team and I was selling tickets to the games. He also played hockey at an amateur and college level and I think I fell instantly in love when we went ice skating together and he saved me from crashing when someone behind me fell (I was skating backwards, he was skating forward, so we were facing each other.) and he reached out with his big, strong arms and grabbed both of my upper arms and just stopped me dead in my tracks to make sure I didn't fall over the person. My Hercules! I have two children, a son and a daughter. My son is an Registered Nurse and works in an ICU. He is married to a wonderful girl that I couldn't have hand picked better. They have produced the absolute, most cute and adorable Grandchildren that anyone could ask for! My daughter is now a Fifth Grade teacher. She has a joy and passion for teaching and loving her students that is not seen in many teachers these days. She truly found her calling. I have this blog because I thought it would be nice to have a place that I could share what is going on in our lives and I also just love to tell stories. I'm not a writer per se, but I do love a good story. Even if it's just a short little quip!
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