Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday Night Date

Dear Mom,

Friday night Norm and I usually go out for dinner. It’s kind of like our official date. I feel lucky and grateful.

I don’t remember you and Dad ever going out for dinner—or any of us as a family. Not even to McDonald’s which I believe was the only fast food place around other than White Castle in the city. I remember asking what that was when we were driving to the hospital to see you. I wondered if it was a real castle.

Did you cook every day? Did Suzanne or Warren ever have to fix dinner for you? What did you do when you were sick? I vaguely remember a TV dinner once in a while, but that might have been something we ate after you died.

I do remember always making this cod that came frozen in a box when I was cooking for Dad and Ruthie. I recall Dad telling me, “This is something you can cook.” Yeah, since all you had to do was peel the cardboard off the rectangular frozen hunk of cod, put it on a cookie sheet and bake it until it was done. I decided when I got older that I’d never make it for dinner because I was really sick of it.

Maybe had you lived longer, you and Dad would’ve gone out once a week for dinner too.


  1. The only time Mom never cooked was on school picnic day and Labor Day church picnic day. We got KFC - and thought it was a treat! When Mom was sick, her sisters, other relatives, neighbors, and people I worked with would bring food by. I don't recall Warren or I really doing any cooking - just helping out and washing and drying dishes. I think Mom and Dad's date nights were going to Weidinger's either on Friday or Saturday night. The majority of the socializing was with all their brothers and sisters - either drop-in company or going visiting. Seems like our house was the hub, probably because Mom and Dad were both the oldest of 9. It was a fun time.

  2. Thanks Suzanne - I knew they had date nights at Weidinger's. I don't ever remember KFC - was that just you and Warren, before Ruthie and me? Or is that just another glitch in my ole memory bank?


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