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Mom's Cooking Memories

Story ID:8878
Written by:Charles Dishno (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:Dillon Montana USA
Person:My Mom
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Mom’s Cooking Memories
By Chuck Dishno
May 7, 2013

What a good suggestion to remember our mom’s. This came at an appropriate time, since my Mom passed away 21 years ago today at the age of 95.

In thinking of Mom and her great cooking, the first thing that comes to mind is her getting up at 4:30 almost every morning and fixing breakfast for my hard working timber-faller Pop. Pop worked long hours, at least 6 days a week during the depression and beyond to keep his family fed and clothed. His day would start off with a huge breakfast of bacon, eggs and stacks of pancakes. I was only a little lad then but usually got up when the smell of Mom’s cooking came wafting past my nostrils. I would arouse sleepy but it was an honor to sit beside this great man. I had a dog named Ring who would join us at the breakfast table each morning too. When Pop wasn’t looking I would flip a piece of warm pancake over my shoulder to my waiting dog who sat strategically about 10 feet behind me. Pop seemed to not notice but would occasionally make the comment, “Why is that damn dog always sitting back there?” I knew Pop knew what was happening but just wanted to let Mom and I know in his own way, that he knew what Ring and I weren’t fooling him one bit. Mom knew too and always cooked more pancakes than was needed knowing that she had three hungry mouths to feed at that table.

A few years later I worked in the woods with Pop and Mom never quit fixing those fantastic breakfasts for her hard working “crew”. Ring was gone by then and replaced by Wags who took up the doggie duties of guarding our backs.

Thank you Mom, for taking care of your men.