A couple of months ago, when we gathered the children’s textbooks and “weekend needs” from the other house, there was a cookbook with a note on it. I have flipped through it. I have smiled every time I have looked at it with its post-it.
But why is this a complicated family story?
My ex-husband is engaged to the woman who gifted me with the cookbook. (I really think there needs to be a vocabulary to succinctly describe such relationships, “my ex-husband’s soon-to-be third wife” sounds dreadful! It is worse than explaining that I love to visit my partner’s ex-in-laws and her ex-mother-in-law is one of my favorite people.) The ex’s fiancee reads my blog and says she enjoys it. From talking to her, I think she appreciates my love and amusement that I get from older cookbooks.
As Mother’s Day approaches, I give her a nod as she grows nearer to being an official member of as boy child called his group of parents when he was at middle school meet the teacher…the momtourage. I wish for her plenty of patience as she joins the family in what people dread about the teen years. I wish her the love and respect of three truly incredible children. In any case, I wish her peace, love and joy as she moves through this season of her life.
In the meantime, I thank her for this gift, Betty Crocker’s New Picture Cook Book, First Edition, Sixth Printing, 1961 (different from my other copy with fabulously fun new pictures of food!) In the coming days I will share some recipes but first the colorific cover!