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I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Thank you, Mom


On September 29th, 2008 we celebrated the life of a woman who battled some of life’s darkest moments with the humor and heart of a champion. As a daughter I was not always able to see past the surface of the day to day goings on. I did not always agree or understand why my mother did or did not do some of the things that she did. As with most children I was more focused on how what she did or did not do affected me. We as children tend to forget that our parents are human beings struggling with their own flaws and misconceptions while making their own way through this often time’s unfair world.
I am happy to say that I was able over time to grow as a person and learn to appreciate my mother and her ability to do her best especially when the odds were working against her. I am humbled to recognize my own flaws and fears that have guided some of my less than perfect decisions and have led me to greatly appreciate my mother even more.
Sadly on November 18th, 2008 my mother fought her last battle in this life with the same dignity and humor that she had always possessed. My mother is finally at peace and I will always cherish the gift of humor that she instilled in me. To be able to laugh in the face of adversity with a loving heart and a head held high….. Thank you, mom you will forever be remembered.

In honor of my mother I am including the links to her favorite food posts.

Spanish Rice




36 comments:

Judy said...

I'm sorry for your loss Julie. Your blog honors your mother, thank you for sharing.

Sorina said...

Hi I am new to your blog and I just wanted to say how much I’m loving it

June said...

God Bless You! Your homage to your mother is beautiful. I can say no more.
Your blog is one of my favorites and I visit often.

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

Julie, I am so sorry about your mom, and sorry I did not make it over sooner. I agree with the others - our blog is a wonderful tribute to your mother.

You are a gifted writer, Julie. I know your mother is so proud of you. Somehow these feelings transcend death.

xoxox

Mimi

Anonymous said...

My condolences on your loss.

joe@italyville said...

That was a wonderful tribute Julie. I'm sorry for your loss.

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My mother is finally at peace and I will always cherish the gift of humor that she instilled in me. To be able to laugh in the face of adversity with a loving heart and a head held high….. Thank you, mom you will forever be remembered.

Rochelle R. said...

Sorry I am late in giving you my condolences. As someone else said your blog honors your Mother and other family members. It is wonderful that you can preserve so many fond memories associated with foods and family.

nicisme said...

So sorry to read this Julie, I'll keep you in my thoughts. Take care.

Bill said...

That is a very nice tribute to your mother, and wise words about remembering that our parents are entitled to their human failings. Remembering that, and knowing that none of us deliberately make wrong decisions, has helped me accept the loss of both of my parents and come to a point of serenity.
Take care of yourself!

shavedicesundays said...

Julie, I am so moved by your tribute to your mother and am very sorry to hear of your recently losing her.

Julie said...

Thank you so much, Shaved Ice Sundays

Julie said...

Thank you very much, Bill

Julie said...

Thank you, Nic

Julie said...

Thank you, Rochelle

Julie said...

Thank you, microgaming

Julie said...

Thank you, Joe

Julie said...

Thank you, Anonymous

Julie said...

Thank you so much, Mimi

Julie said...

Thank you, June

Julie said...

Thank you very much, Sorina

Julie said...

Thank you so much, Judy

~~louise~~ said...

Oh Julie, I'm so sorry for your loss. A beautiful tribute any mother would cherish.

God Bless...

michelle of bleeding espresso said...

What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful woman--and such a gorgeous photo! I'm so sorry for your loss Julie :(

Hendersonville Epicurean said...

I'm sorry for your loss. Your tribute is wonderful and I'm sure she's appreciating it.

Julie said...

Thank you Hendersonville

Julie said...

Thank you Louise

Julie said...

Thank you, Michelle

Catherine Wilkinson said...

Julie, I've just read your post...and am in tears. My own Mom is very close to passing on, and I'm very sorry for your loss. I'm so sorry to be so amiss at keeping up with everyone, but I've been on hiatus, and have just started to blog again. I miss you kind and heartfelt writing.
What a lucky Mom you had!
Catherine

Julie said...

Thank you so much Catherine. I am sorry to hear about your Mom. I was also wondering how your daughter is doing?

Ciambellina said...

I'm sorry for your loss. What a nice tribute.

And not to be flippant, given the topic here, but you hit it out of the park when you named your blog!

I hope you find a little of that comfort and joy they talk about in the Christmas songs this holiday season.

Julie said...

Thank you so much, Ciambellina

Jeanie said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. You tribute is, indeed, wonderful.

Julie said...

Thank you, Jeanie

LyB said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Please, accept my deepest sympathies. Take good care of yourself.

Julie said...

Thank you, LyB