Alive in the best way

Archived | November 7, 2011 | By

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. I was going around turning the clocks back with “The Kentucky Waltz” in the background. Kathy Chiavola played, dedicating the waltz to her mother who died recently. So of course while I’m turning back the clocks I’m thinking about time and how fast it goes and going back in time and when people say, “It’s about time”, what that really means.
Is it about time? Is WHAT about time? I don’t know. What I do know is that if whatever it is, is about time, I’d like to turn back the clocks for just one day. I’d go back to a November in the early 1970s. It was a Saturday, late in the afternoon. The sky was grey, a bit cloudy. No snow yet. We were outside, playing in the leaves with our dog, pulling each other in the red wagon, playing some kind of fighting game with garden tools. Dad was in the garage doing something with hunting gear. Mom was in the house making dinner. Beef stroganoff, let’s say.
I don’t know if it was true in the moment, but as I recall it was a perfect afternoon. We were alive in the best way, and the air smelled of leaves and wood smoke, and there was no thought of anything beyond that pile of leaves in that yard and each other.
There are other days to which I’d return, if I could. Not to stay there, but to visit. It is about time. And space. And love. That’s what it’s about, if you ask me.
I know it’s getting on in the apple season, but it would be a real pity if I didn’t share with you my mother’s apple pie recipe. I’m not a pro at pie-baking, but this recipe works quite well. At least, when Mom makes it, it does.
Mrs. Sundberg’s Mother’s Perfect Apple Pie
7-8 tart apples (honeycrisp or any firm tart apple)
3/4 to 1 c sugar (I use short 1 cup)
2 T flour
1 tsp cinnamon
dash nutmeg
dash salt
Pastry for 2 crust 9″ pie
2 T butter
Pare apples and slice thin. Combine sugar, flour, spices, & salt; mix with apples. Line 9″ pie plate with pastry, fill with apple mixture; dot with butter. Adjust top crust; sprinkle with sugar for sparkle. Bake in hot oven (400) 50 minutes or till done.