is a Gift - Enjoy the Present
(and the Strawberries)
By Doug Boilesen,
August 26, 2019
Mom wasn't a collector
-- but she did keep all of her Christmas cards and birthday
cards and she enjoyed her collection of strawberry plates...she
also loved strawberry shortcake.
Through the years
it seemed natural to give her birthday cards with strawberries
and related strawberry ephemera. Years later there are still
a few who associate strawberries and Betty.
This year on Mom's
birthday my sister invited three friends for lunch. It
would have been Mom's 95th. Since Mom knew these friends Sister
Bev (as I like to call her (1))
decided to get out some strawberry plates for serving the food
on and to use strawberry napkins that mom had purchased . "Yes,"
said Bev, "I still have some of the napkins that were in
It was a fun way to remember Mom and it
added a special element for a group of friends getting together
for lunch, each of whom had probably had lunch with Mom at some
time during those years on Lyncrest Drive.
Memory is an interesting
thing. There are objects and sounds and places that have special
I'm glad my sister
included Mom's strawberry napkins and strawberry plates for
her lunch because I believe what Barbara Kingsolver said is
true: It's surprising how much memory is built around things
unnoticed at the time.