Friday, November 21, 2008
Today, book club meets at Barbara's home, which made me remember one of the first times Mom went to book club. We were discussing Cane River, at Barbara's, when Mom made a comment that set the ladies to gasping and laughing. Now, I always sit next to her so that I can pinch and squeeze her arm when I have any indications something is getting ready to happen. Dotsy also helps; or, does she encourage Peaches? The ladies in the club love to hear Mom, hoping for a new bombshell. Barbara always serves great pies.
Reading was a big part of our growing up. Mom and Dad always had lots of books in the house; all six of us have enough of their books to fill our homes. Mom loved Galsworthy, and Dad was partial to Dickens. Dad had a set of Mark Twain that was autographed, by Twain. It was addressed to Cory, only one r, not like Dad's two. In the auction trade it is known as ANS, autograph note signed. For the longest time, it confused me. How could Dad have known Mark Twain in the 1800's? Papa spent a great deal of time reading, and always encouraged us to read. The only book he told me that I could not read was J. D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. Which I of course I immediately read, and did not understand some of the words. If I had only waited a few years, then, I would have understood why he did not want me to read it.
Barbara served a delicious pumpkin and caramel pie, along with many other delicacies.