Tuesday, November 1, 2011

One Meal

Write on Edge: RemembeRED

This week, we’ve asked you to share with us a special recipe. But, we’ve asked you to do more than just list out ingredients.

We challenged you to take us back…to take us into your memory, in 500 words or less.

My mother shuffled out to the kitchen as I was cutting slits in the hot dogs. After she had broken her hip, she relied on the fancy walker we'd gotten for her rehab. She could walk without it, but she didn't want to.

She asked what I was making.  As I folded the slices of cheese into the slits I'd cut, I told her.  Her eyes lit up.  It wasn't often I could convince her to eat enough.  She watched as I opened the tube of crescent roll dough and wrapped the cheese filled hot dogs up.

"Pigs in a blanket!  I haven't had those for so long.  That sounds wonderful!"

We'd had them often when I was growing up.  They were easy and inexpensive.  With five kids, it was a good call for working parents.

I made them when my daughter was growing up.  They were easy and inexpensive.  I worked a lot of nights, it was a good call.

I think Mom ate three or four of them that night.  She ate the leftovers for lunch the next day.

During the year we lived with her, before she died, I believe this was the meal she enjoyed most.

It was a good call.


  1. You made her happy that day! What a nice memory.

  2. Food memories go right to the marrow, don't they?

    This was very well done. Succinct and tender. You didn't need more words...it resonated just as you wrote it.

  3. There's nothing to add here. It's a wonderful, clearly given memory, and cheese in the hotdogs?

    That's just genius!

  4. Simple and moving...incredibly effective...

  5. Sharing this? A good call.

    I can't say much about it. I think you know what a kind thing it was to do for your mom, and it's obvious to me how much it meant to you to be able to do it.