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It's Only A Cookbook

Updated on March 26, 2017

It's words and pictures mixed with stains and torn pages, but it conveys love and holds memories of my childhood and a woman who is now gone but not forgotten

Even though I know her recipes from heart, a dash of this and a pinch of that (and never forget the Kitchen Bouquet!) every once in awhile, especially on Thanksgiving, I pull out my Mom's Better Homes and Gardens cookbook just to be sure.

It was hers as a young bride so it's easily over 60 years old.

It reminds me of her like nothing else does. In my memories she is standing at the kitchen table looking at it and jotting down ingredients for Dad to get from the store.

It is well worn and stained and splotched and spattered with love from her and from me since as a young bride I also used this cookbook. Millions of young brides for decades began married life with this cookbook in close reach when preparing meals. I know it was a lifesaver for me many times.

I miss her most on this day. And I know that the laws of nature tell us that we all must lose our parents, but on this day, if I could have one wish, it would be that Mom and Dad and all of those wonderful people who float across my mind today, could be here once again.

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