SCRIBBLED NOTES ON THE MARGIN ON A PAGE IN A BOOK

SCRIBBLED NOTES ON THE MARGIN ON A PAGE IN A BOOK

It was a most unexpected find,
When I least expected it,
Years after my mother has passed away
And I was searching, one day,
For a recipe of hers
In her Ida Bailey Allen cookbook,
The only cookbook she ever owned
And from which I, in turn,
Learned to bake Hermits and old fashioned
Oatmeal cookies and Brownies and
Peanut butter cookies.
Scribbled notes on the margin
On a page in a book,
My mother’s handwriting -
I recognized it immediately
And felt a warm flush envelope me.
It was alongside a recipe for
Hungry Man’s cake-
The page itself stained and scorched
From being too close to the stove,
But on the margin she had written
“Pete’s favorite”
And I was like a hungry man myself,
Then, leafing through the book,
Page by page
Hoping to find more scribbled notes
On the margins of the pages
In her cookbook.
I didn’t find any more scribbled notes,
But more to the point,
What I wondered was -
Why didn’t I ever know it was
Daddy’s favorite cake?

–Sandra Lee Smith

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6 responses to “SCRIBBLED NOTES ON THE MARGIN ON A PAGE IN A BOOK

  1. This one brought tears to my eyes Sandy……

  2. Sandra,
    Wordpress listed your post as a possibly related post to one that I just did. Yes, I spoke of notes in the margin but your post is just beautiful. This is why I write in the margins of my cookbooks – hoping to create this type of experience for my children one day.

    • Thank you for writing and telling me this, Tammy. Positive feedback on my blog means so much to me! My sister Becky, who passed away in 2004, often wrote on the pages of her cookbooks, which I now have. It makes them all the more special.
      Sandra

  3. Servus this stuff is cool are you a professional writer ? Maybe i can pay you to compose for my blog?

    • No, I am not a professional writer (I wish) – I don’t think I am good enough at this point to help compose for someone else’s blog, but thank you, I am flattered. What is the name of your blog? I will visit it.

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