from Zydeco Cakes
Reading back over the past few weeks of blog posts I see that I'm not the only person with summer on my mind. I don't look forward to summer the way I did when I was younger. Mostly because when you're an adult with a career, you don't get summers off. In fact, I don't remember the last time I actually took a vacation. But lately I've been thinking back to my childhood and how much I used to look forward to summertime then.
Vacations were wonderful, probably because as kids, we didn't have to do anything to get ready for them. My mama, on the other hand, spent days frying up chicken, making homemade rolls, throwing together potato salad, and shopping for Shasta and other treats we only ever got when we were on our yearly road trip. (I was particularly fond of Black Cherry Shasta.) Mama did laundry for all five of us (that count includes her and Daddy) and packed every one of our suitcases, too. And then she spent the whole drive to visit family, all 600 miles of it, dozing in the front seat while Daddy drove. As a kid, I never could figure out what was wrong with her.
We didn't have seat belts back then, and if we did, we never used them. Daddy used to build up the back seat with blankets and pillows, creating a sort of "playpen" for us kids. We'd color and read and play the license plate game until we got bored with it and then we'd stretch out for a nap. If Mama ever woke up long enough, us kids would move to the front seat with her so Daddy could get in the back to close his eyes. Even my persistent car sickness couldn't ruin our summer vacation for me -- although I hear that when I spewed all over Mama, she wasn't too happy about it.
To this day, those remain some of my favorite memories and I defy you to find a better potato salad than the one my mama makes. I'd love to hear about your favorite summertime memories. If you have a minute to share, please do.
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Jacklyn Brady lives on the Gulf Coast and writes the Piece of Cake Mystery series which is set in New Orleans and features cake artist and trained pastry chef, Rita Lucero.
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