Yesterday was Mother’s Day. Saturday would have been my Grandmother’s 94th birthday. It all makes me think a lot about my own childhood and some of my most treasured memories and possessions. My Grammy didn’t have much money, but she had more love to give than anyone I know! Just ask my brothers, my cousins, any of the people we never knew that she would help in any way she could, and all those people invited to family picnics that she “adopted” into our family.
One of the ways my Grandmother showed her love best was through her cooking. As kids, we would all get excited to go to Grammy & Grampy’s house for ice pops made from Tang, strawberry lemonade, strawberry shortcake, Grammy pickles, Grammy’s chocolate chip cookies, brownies, ginger snaps, and pancakes topped with homemade strawberry jam! My grandparents owned a strawberry farm – where we wandered the fields and woods freely and our imaginations would take us all over the world… with constant pit stops for a little strawberry picking nourishment.
I have Grammy’s recipe box. It is one of my most treasured possessions. It is a tangible piece of Grammy that I have. The recipe box is unattractive, does not go with my decor one little bit, and it doesn’t matter. When I open that recipe box, I have those delicious recipes and memories in my Grandmother’s own handwriting. When I look at those recipes I feel like a piece of Grammy is still here. Those are love letters from heaven. I miss Grammy and think of her often, especially on her birthday and Mother’s Day – but in a way she’s still here.
Consider writing those recipes out by hand! You never know what it will mean to someone 30, 40, or 50 years from now. Recipe boxes are available at Stone Hill Paperie with matching recipe cards if you want to put together a keepsake of your own. I’m starting mine today.