NATIONAL HOMEMADE BREAD DAY IS NOVEMBER 17, 2011
A lot of people have never made a loaf of bread
(discounting something frozen that you just pop
into the oven).
My mother made two large loaves of bread twice a week,
in roasting pans, when we were all young children.
I don’t think we ever tasted store-bought bread
and sometimes I was envious of the children
who brought peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
made from Wonder Bread while we—poor things!
—ate sandwiches made from homemade bread.
I am reminded of the words to a song
…“You don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone…”
– my mother has been gone eleven years
but her mind was gone long before that.
Her loaves of homemade bread –
when an end crust cut off while it was hot,
and slathered with butter, was a special treat
if you happened to be the child in the kitchen
at the time—
are simply a memory
in the minds of her children.
I make homemade bread, too—
and not just with a bread machine.
I love the smell of a homemade loaf of
bread baking in the oven.
–Sandra Lee Smith