I was wondering what I should write about this week. And then I remembered. It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday. This time of year always brings with it a great many feelings. Gratitude is one. I am so grateful for my mom and to be a mother.
My poor mom had to put up with a wild child. I was a free spirit who demanded attention (and possibly still does). When I think about how tired I am, I think about all the mothers before me and around me. I want to give a group hug to all the mothers out there. Here’s to you!
My mom would always share this story about being in a Rose’s Department Store. I began running away from her and she couldn’t catch me. I was running around and around those circular clothes racks. My mom asked a gentleman to grab hold of me so that she could catch me. The gentleman told her “children will be children” and walked away. I think she wanted to hurt that gentleman more than she wanted to hurt me at that moment.
My third little princess was a screamer. She would scream at the top of her lungs when I told her no. She would then throw herself onto the floor and it was always a real scene. If her head could have spun around, it would have. I swear I thought she was possessed. My friends, to this day, will say “remember when Gabby used to have those fits?” Uh, yeah, I lived them. And gratitude comes to mind again… I am so glad she has outgrown them.
My grandmother, who is German, used to always make a wonderful german potato salad. She has Alzheimer’s disease now and I am not really sure if she remembers me or her potato salad recipe. Today I want to share a similar recipe to hers. She used to put sweet pickles in her recipe, but I do not. I never have liked those sweet pickles. Granny’s mom died when she was three years old. Gratitude comes to me again. I am 39 years old, and I have gotten to share many years and memories with these wonderful women.
Southern Potato Salad
12 Medium Red Potatoes, boiled whole with skin on
5 Hard Boiled Eggs, diced
1 Medium Purple Onion, diced
2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
3/4 cup of Hellmann’s Mayonnaise
1/2 cup Flat Leaf Parsley, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
You will first medium dice your boiled potatoes. You will know the potatoes are done when a fork goes through easily. This takes about 10-15 minutes. In a large bowl, mix potatoes, eggs, onion, mustard, mayo, parsley, salt and pepper. If your salad looks a little dry, add a couple more tablespoons of the mayo. It’s as easy as that. In the summer, I love this side dish with a grilled hamburger and corn on the cob, just like my mother.
As I finish up, I am remembering those sweet chubby hands of all three of my girls when they were little. I am feeling gratitude again, for the memories of yesterday and those to come. And most importantly, I am thankful for the honor of being a mother and for my own Momma. I love you!
Cheer’s to every mother! And a very happy Mother’s Day to all of you!