Friday, May 4, 2012

A Mother's Love

From Clobbered by Camembert
by Charlotte Bessette

I lost my parents when I was young. The day is a blur to me. I don't remember all the details. The car, the laughter, the skidding, the crash.

As Mother's Day nears, there are times I wish I had known my mother better. I know that she loved to sew and embroider. She left some beautiful lacy items in the hope chest that stands at the end of my bed. The scent of her lingers in them, still. I remember my mother brushing my hair and singing nursery songs to me, but I wish I knew what her favorite songs were, what her favorite books were.  I'm hopeful that a woman who just came to town, Kaitlyn Clydesdale, who happened to be a friend of my mother's when they were in school, can help me find some answers.

But those conversations are for another day. Today, I would like to honor my grandmother--the woman who raised me most of my life. Grandmére--or Bernadette, as friends call her--is the person I would most like to emulate. She is like the little engine that could. She motors through life with energy that simply astounds everyone who meets her. She refuses to be negative. She never settles for a glass half empty. She loves with total abandon. She runs the local theater, to great acclaim--though I have to say that some of the productions she puts on are a bit eclectic. Shh, don't tell her. In addition, she is the town mayor. Every decision she makes in regards to Providence is for the good of the town. Opponents might disagree, but they would be wrong.

This month, Grandmére is putting on our annual Winter Wonderland Faire. It's a lovely event. Twinkling lights, charming white tents, music piped through the air, the scent of cotton candy and other sweet treats wafting through the Village Green. For this faire, my grandmother arranged for a children's chorale and an ice sculpting contest. You should see the giant tooth that the local hygienist is carving. It is too fun!  And the knight on horseback is amazing.

Love my grandmother because she is always thinking about what would interest the tourists as well as the locals. I covet her energy. Luckily she has infused me with a love of family and it is my family's love in return that fulfills me.

Is there someone you wish you could emulate?

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Newsflash from author: Avery Aames!

I'm pleased to announce that my alter ego Daryl Wood Gerber has a new book deal!  It's a three-book deal (so far). In July of 2013, the first of The Cookbook Nook Mysteries will debut.

This is a new cozy mystery series featuring Jenna Hart, an avid reader, admitted foodie, and owner of a cookbook store in picturesque coastal California. The first in the series is titled: BY HOOK OR BY COOKBOOK. The books will include recipes and lots of tidbits about cookbooks! Check out my updated website! DARYL WOOD GERBER

And, don't worry, Avery will still continue to put out Cheese Shop Mysteries. The next comes out February 2013. I'll be a busy girl next year. 

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  1. My mother's two best friends helped raise me, and to me, they're all my mothers. We really party on Mothers' Day!

  2. I'll be honoring my wonderful friend Molly Mathews who has taken both my mama and me under her wing for so many years. She's a wonderful role model for any young woman and someone I love dearly.

  3. Haylee, how nice is that. Three mothers! I bet you party.

    Lizzie, how lovely that you have Molly as a friend. We aspire to those who are nurturers, don't we?

    All my best,


  4. Grandmere sounds like a great lady! My Grandma Leighton is my inspiration; right now I'm going through all her handwritten and clipped-out recipes! She's in her 80s and still going strong.

  5. Handwritten and clipped-out recipes! Oh, yes, isn't that almost like a scrapbook for our forebears? So wonderful. They tell a tale. Jaymie, enjoy!


  6. Grandmere is a hoot! She did a great job raising you, Charlotte. She must be very proud of you.

    ~ Krista

  7. Congrats, Daryl! Your new series sounds wonderful! Best of luck!

  8. I love grandmere and she did a good job raising you.