Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Family, Friends, and John Mary Cookies

Dear Readers,

The theme song of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is almost constantly in my head these last few days. It goes like this.

“Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of year…”

I’ll bet you couldn’t keep from singing it, could you? Dee, my wife, calls it an “ear worm”, a song that you constantly keep singing in your head.

If you’re like me you have songs, traditions, and memories that pop up at Christmas time and throughout the year.

Marlene, my sister, made me some John Mary Cookies for Christmas. She made them because she knew how much I like them. But there is much more than just the taste that draws me to them. There are memories attached. Memories of Mom rolling them out on a metal pan, baking them, cutting them into squares, and then placing them in a big container separated in layers by wax paper.

Usually all of us like fresh, warm baked cookies. But John Mary Cookies, on the other hand, get better with age. I’m not sure why, but biting into the gooey molasses and raisin laden cookies is more of a treat several weeks after baking than hot off the pan.

I’m thankful for “memory worms” if you can call them that. Mom and Dad are no longer with us, but with songs, traditions, and memories Mom, Dad, and many other family members and friends seem a little closer to us.

See you next time,


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