As Mother’s Day comes to a close, I’d like to share what has always been my favorite children’s book:
Yes, that’s my original copy … handed down from the son of my mom’s friend, Marlene. His name and the year — “Bobby H., 1964” — are in the front of the book. Thanks for sharing, Bobby H. In the infamous words of Emily Litella: “I love this book.”
My mother read this story to me over and over again when I was a child … simply because I asked her to. And this morning, for the first time in my 45 years of life, I saw a real-live robin pulling a real-live worm out of the ground. I didn’t have time to get a picture with my camera, but it reminded me of this drawing from the book:
That’s Mama Bird, prepping for dinner. Surely, it was a sign … of some kind.
Mother’s Day … a day to honor our moms … a day to be honored by our children. Yet, nothing was planned for today, since my daughter made her First Holy Communion yesterday and the planning took a good bit of my time. I can’t resist showing you how beautiful my baby looked:
We celebrated with a family party … that meant cleaning and cooking as well. And finally, as my mom left after the party last night — every last dish dried — we agreed to make plans in the morning.
Unfortunately, when I woke up today, I found my son half-asleep on the sofa … sick. The wheels in my head started turning:
- We obviously weren’t going out anywhere.
- My friend’s mom was in town from the Midwest for the weekend, and my friend and I had talked about how her mom would love to try my Italian Wedding Soup.
- It was cold outside.
- And I still hadn’t offered my mom’s meatball recipe here on “Mangia, Figlie.”
Many birds, one recipe:
- Make Italian Wedding Soup for lunch for my mom and my ailing son.
- Share it with my friend and her mom.
- Make extra (regular-sized) meatballs, bake them up, and serve with spaghetti for a special Mother’s Day dinner tonight.
Cold-weather food on a dreary day … and I would be stuck in the kitchen making it all. Sounded perfect to me. And as an added bonus, I would be able to sample the meatballs the way I like best — straight out of the oven, with a little bit of salt on top. Gustoso!
(Click here to view
and print recipe)
Only one thing…
…as a final gift to your mom, my children, which one of you is doing the dishes?