Thursday, September 4, 2008
Close to Nowhere
Traditions at Aunt Jackie’s
My husband, Pop, as our granddaughters and now the rest of the world, call him, is fond of saying many pithy things about me.
One of his favorites is “you’re burning up the road!”
With all his health problems, he’s not a frequent traveler at all.
I, however, like to “go!”
Last weekend, Jane and I were in Nashville; this weekend, my daughter, my granddaughters and I went to visit my sister in Missouri.
We all love to go to Jackie’s house, but my granddaughters’especially love it. There is so much different in Missouri “country” than there is in Mississippi “country.”
The dirt is fascinating — it’s deep, dark brown or black. Not a speck of red to be found! And, since they play in the tilled fields across the road from her house, it’s very soft and easy to deal with.
And, when it’s planted, it’s full of corn! So is the field beside her house. It’s too glorious for words!
Jackie has a swing under a tree (no, not “in” the tree) and a huge bell on a brick stand beside her house and a windmill (no longer working). Plus, it’s all flat and they can walk down the road and see her house and never feel lost.
Remy, our youngest granddaughter, discovered the “best” thing this trip though.
Not only did Aunt Jackie have apple pie (and cherry pie from another niece’s cherry tree), but the apples came from Aunt Jackie’s tree!
It was almost too much!
Monday morning, as we were getting ready to leave, Jackie gave the girls some plastic bags and let them go pick apples. They came in with about 10 or so and she encouraged them to go pick some more, so I could make apple pies for them (and Pop!).
They could hardly stand it! Meredith, the oldest, naturally had to climb the tree to get that “perfect” apple that was just out of reach.
While we were there, we introduced Jackie to a new card game, Shanghai Rummy; and she introduced us to a new (old) game, Rummikub. We left her cards and rules for our game and stopped at a store to buy a Rummikub to play at home. We always come home from her house with a new, fun game!
Another “tradition” at Aunt Jackie’s house, according to the little girls, is Lambert’s — Home of the Throwed Roll.
Lambert’s is a good restaurant and for a while, we really enjoyed going there every time we went.
But — even really good restaurants get old after a while. Especially if you’re already eating Jackie’s cooking. She’s a wonderful cook — we had pork roast, fresh tomatoes, green beans and fried okra this time!
Another tradition is that I always bring home at least one recipe. This time, it’s pineapple pie. I can hardly wait to make one!
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