This weekend has been one of the most difficult of my life. Something that nearly all of us will face at some point in our lifetime, but one that nobody looks forward to is saying goodbye to a parent. My mom just passed on from this world to a much better one, in Heaven. Since I live 2 hours away, work 3 part-time jobs, and am just beginning another full-time semester of classes at FVTC, I decided to drive down yesterday to say my final goodbyes to her. Little did I realize that just over 24 hours after I arrived back home, she would die. She’s been sick with Parkinson’s disease for almost 4 years, so it wasn’t as though I didn’t have time to prepare. Why is it, then, that my heart feels like it’s been impaled by shards of broken glass?
The heart wrenching memory of seeing Mom’s frail, limp body is almost too much for me to bear, but I know that life needs to move on. Along with many others things, my sweet Momma taught me that. I watched her strength and courage when my daddy died in 1979. Mom was only 45 years old when that happened. She didn’t have time to stop living and grieve. She had 2 out of her 6 children still at home, who needed to be raised, and she needed to keep the Christian bookstore that she and my dad had opened 3 years earlier running, too. What an amazing woman she was, and what a wonderful life she lived!
I can’t stop living simply because my mom has done so. Life is too short to put any of it on temporary hold. “Momma duck” wouldn’t want any of her “chicks” to live their lives that way. She’d want us to continue pursuing our passions and doing our best to make the world a better place in which to live. So I press on… bringing you another recipe of love. One that is so easy to make and so tasty that my sweet momma would definitely have deemed it yummi! I hope that you enjoy it…and that you are able to share it with someone you love. I’m hopeful that you’ll do me a favor and remember to tell that loved one how much you appreciate having them in your life. Please do it today… because tomorrow may be too late.
Please be careful when you remove the pork from the slow cooker, as it is very hot. Transfer it to a cutting board and let it rest for about 10 minutes before carving it to keep the juices inside of the meat. Use the resting time to steam up some fresh green beans, finish setting the table, or simply to call a loved one and tell them that you’re thinking of them.
NOTE: If you’re too busy chasing your children around the house, feeding your pets, fixing yourself and/or your loved one a welcome home cocktail, or you are just too danged tired to remember to glaze the pork, there’s no need for panic… The pork will taste just as wonderful if you simply use the glaze when serving.
See? Life really is yummi!