Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Poppy's pecans

In the year I was born, 1955, my mother's parents bought a 2-bedroom house on an averaged-sized lot in Memphis, Tennessee. It was their pride and joy, but when I study photos taken during that time, I am startled by the sparse, scrubby lot that later became their lush yard.

"Poppy and Dorothy" produced all sorts of home-raised goodies: apples and applesauce, grape preserves, tomatoes, legendarily-hot peppers, and pecans. This wouldn't be so remarkable except for the fact that they lived in the city. You'd think they had acres of land.

During the years we lived in New England, my mother squealed when the box arrived in December from her father in Memphis. She knew that it held the perfect pecans from his own trees in the backyard. Not only did he harvest them, he must have spent hours shelling them because we only received the nut meats. They were plump and sweet and divine.

I miss Poppy. And I miss his pecans.

2 comments:

marty said...

Hi Barb, it's Marty. Got your Christmas letter and want to write and catch you up on the Bennett family! Let me have your e-mail address and I'll write soon!

barb said...

hi, Marty!! Good to hear from you. halfdozn@columbus.rr.com or
hallerbarb@yahoo.com

Thanks for being in touch!