True close friends are uncommon and treasured. Most of us have many acquaintances, but several superior close friends who are there whenever we require them.
When I was expanding up, we experienced a number of neighbors who became quite excellent buddies. Not extended following we moved to Kopperston, our next-doorway neighbors, Joe and Dora, moved away. Joe labored days, so he was house in the evening and could repair our bikes or skates if need to have be. Daddy worked evening change in all those times.
Joe would also load my sister, Sue, and me into his auto on most Friday evenings, when he took his auto to get gas, and acquired us some sort of candy. They did not have any little ones and had been in our dwelling frequently.
Mom and Dora would sit on one particular of their porches in the evenings and have the best time. You could hear them laughing all over the property.
There was a large amount of laughter when Daddy and Joe ended up there in the evenings also.
We genuinely hated to see them shift they had become family.
It wasn’t prolonged, nonetheless, right until we had new neighbors. Susan, her spouse and son ended up really peaceful and personal individuals – comprehensive opposites of their predecessors. Mom, nevertheless, under no circumstances experienced a better close friend than Susan.
There was a person Thanksgiving that Mother was recovering from an ailment that had resulted in her being hospitalized for a couple of days. She wasn’t able to resolve Thanksgiving supper and my sister and I were nevertheless also compact to be of any serious benefit. Susan hadn’t lived next doorway incredibly extended but, devoid of staying questioned, she cooked our Thanksgiving dinner together with that of her have family members. It was the 1st of many periods Susan demonstrated her thoughtfulness and friendship.
Inside a cupboard door in my kitchen area, there is a potholder she gave to Mom on her birthday a person year. The potholder boasts the sentiment, “In the cookie of existence, buddies are the chocolate chips.”
Every time I see the potholder, I assume of Susan and what a excellent friend she was to Mother and to our family.
The two passed several hours on their porches or in their kitchens, conversing about this and that, sharing bits of family members stories, a minimal gossip, and, I suspect, a lot more than a several insider secrets.
As time went on and she was residing alone, Susan and Mom devised a procedure that if anything was ok, Susan would elevate a particular shade in her residing area. If the shade hadn’t been raised, Mom would know there was a thing improper. In truth, Susan broke her leg one morning and that finished her living subsequent door.
In her last days, we went to see Susan in the clinic. I lingered to converse with her soon after Mom and Sue had claimed their goodbyes. She held my hand and cried, telling me she wished we could all go back to when Sue and I ended up tiny and all living in Kopperston. I admitted that I skipped people days way too and my coronary heart broke because I understood it was the previous time I would see her.
Susan was really 1-of-a-form and I continue to skip her.
During the several years of their friendship, Mom and Susan also shared a lot of recipes. This one particular came from Susan and was often a person of Mom’s favorites.
I found it, in Mom’s neat handwriting, on a sheet of yellowed notebook paper that was also lined in the outlines of her shifting coffee cup. Apparently, she was consuming the espresso as she practiced drawing fence posts, for one particular of her oil paintings, on the very same notebook paper.
Susan’s Yellow Squash Casserole
6 cups of yellow squash, sliced slender
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
8 ounces of sour product
2 large shredded carrots
Salt and pepper to style
1 cup bread crumbs
¼ cup of melted butter
Prepare dinner the squash and onion in a skillet, greased with butter, till tender.
Incorporate soup, sour product, and carrots, then combine in squash and onion. Combine thoroughly.
Pour into a 9×13 baking dish.
Spread the bread crumbs throughout the leading.
Pour the melted butter on best of the bread crumbs.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
My mother applied what ever taste of Stove Best stuffing blend she transpired to have on hand instead of bread crumbs.
I’ve used crackers, broken into tiny parts, when I didn’t have bread crumbs (I use “herb seasoned” bread crumbs) or Stove Major.
I have also included thinly sliced potatoes in the casserole, cooked alongside with the squash and onion.
There are other recipes that use different varieties of cheese mixed into the casserole. I’ve also noticed recipes that use shredded cheese melted throughout the prime. Possibly way sounds scrumptious to me.
Some recipes use mayonnaise in its place of the bitter product even now other recipes use a blend of each.
Rather of carrots, there are recipes that include red or environmentally friendly peppers.
Zucchini can also be utilised as an alternative of yellow squash or made use of in blend with the squash.
As usually, play about with the recipe and make it your very own.
Someone when said, “Good mates are like stars, you really do not normally see them, but you know they’re always there.” If you have at least a person genuine buddy you can generally depend on, you have been truly blessed and comprehend just how essential all those chocolate chips can be in “the cookie of everyday living.”
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