This past weekend my husband's siblings and families all got together to honor his now deceased parents wedding anniversary. He thought it would be neat for all of us to get together and make his moms favorite foods that she used to make. So, all of us got together Saturday evening with Potato Salad, Spanish Rice, Maidrites, Goulash, Zucchini Bread, and Chocolate Cake. While we were preparing for the gathering we were searching through recipe boxes and cookbooks for the recipes for all these dishes. Some were found and some had to be guessed at. We discussed how it would be so nice to just be able to call up "mom" and ask her how much onion flakes to put in the potato salad, or which chocolate cake recipe did you always use, or how do I make your peanut butter frosting. But, of course, we can't do that. So, we did our best and had a great display of food, lots of laughter, and memories that were made.
So, from this, I am even more determined to ask those questions of my parents before they are gone. I want to be sure I know how all those favorite dishes of mine are prepared, I want to know how my parents met and what their dating life was like, my birth story, etc. So, this is my nudge to you...ask those questions, get those recipes, listen to those stories now before life takes that chance away from you. No one know how long we have here on earth, but live each day to the fullest, tell those closest to you that you love them, and ask those questions you want to know and you will have no regrets!