Friday, November 26, 2021

11-24-2021 Was Mom's Heavenly Birthday: My 7-17-2021 Birthday Pie (published 11-26-2021)


 On Wednesday, 11/24/2021, I searched articles – from the 3/6/2006 first article to the latest at that time. Searching by “Mom” finds more articles. Searching by “Mom's Birthday” found only two. My unpublished book, “Light at the End of the Tunnel,” contains much more than this website does. I plan to publish the book – in time. I have been working on it, off and on, since 2000. Another year or so, before publishing, will not matter – if I'm still on this earth.

Mom (Betty Lou Wood Ferrell, 11/24/1932 - 12/27/2000) would have been 89, on 11/24/2021.

The 11/24/2009 and 11/24/2019 Articles

On Tuesday, November 24, 2009, I published “Happy Birthday, Mom.” I re-read my words. I experienced the same emotions. A quote from the article to Mom states, “You were the most genuine Christian that I have known.” You are encouraged to read the article. I would not change one word today.

On Sunday, November 24, 2019, I published “Mom's Birthday.” I hope that you enjoy my wordplay on “The Farmer in the Dell.” Mom would not have liked my use of “crap,” but she would have laughed. I was in my fourth year of “bionic” life. I had to inject a little humor.

My 7/17/2021 Birthday Pie

As a teenager, I no longer cared for birthday cakes. Mom could make great cakes. She had taken a cake decorating class. She had all the tools. Mom made the wedding cake for Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and me (5/16/1986 wedding). Back then, as now, I preferred birthday lemon pies. Mom started making me birthday lemon pies every year.

Mrs. Appalachian Irishman has kept up that tradition. On 7/17/2021, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman made me the above-photographed birthday pie. From that date, until yesterday, I was not hungry for lemon pie. (I do not eat sweets very often.) Yesterday, on Thanksgiving, I ate one piece of my 7/17/2021 birthday lemon pie. It was good. It had been aging in the freezer. My youngest brother and his family had Thanksgiving dinner (at 12 PM) with us. He ate a sliver of my pie. For Thanksgiving supper, at the Gordon-Beckner gathering, I talked a couple of my in-laws into eating some of my pie.

The above photograph indicates that much more pie remains to be eaten. I may eat the rest of that 7/17/2021 birthday pie, before my next birthday – if I don't go Home or the world doesn't come to an end before then.


Mom, if you were able to hear me now, you would smile and make a funny reply! I know, Mom. In July, I should have eaten my birthday lemon pie completely. My wife seems to understand.

How about a birthday Winesap apple, for my birthday next year? I would eat that on the same day!

I'm just having a little fun, Mom! I look forward to sharing this story with you, at Home, eventually. I'm getting there, but not today, apparently. Now, Dad liked sweets. I wonder if my 7/17/2021 lemon birthday pie will keep?

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