Day 23: In Margie’s Honor

30 Apr

Margie moved in next door to us a few years after we moved into our home in Ashland.  She was in her eighties and was still quite spry.  You would see her out in the yard pulling out weeds and doing other chores that much younger people would have long forsaken.  She was a grandmother and she loved the location of her home because she could hear the sounds of children as they walked to and from school.  Best of all, Margie loved living next door to a family with small children.  That turned out to be an incredible blessing for me.

At that time, I was working early mornings as a baker and would leave for work before my children were awake.  When I came home from work, I still had a lot of work ahead of me – as many mothers do.  My saving grace was Margie.  When I was at the end of my rope and my kids were needing attention I could call upon Margie.  I might ask my kids to go ask Margie for an ingredient for dinner or I might send them to bring her something I had made that day.  My children looked forward to spending time with Margie – she had toys for them to play with, she loved hearing about their days,  and  now and then she offered them a sweet treat.  She was their next-door Grandma – and she was a lifesaver for me.  She gave me a break when I most needed it.  And I am forever grateful to her for that.

This weekend, Margie’s family is gathering to celebrate her life.  I delivered a lovely Strawberry Rhubarb  Pie to Margie’s daughter, Katharine, so that she could share it with her siblings and their families.   I hope they know how lovely it was to have Margie as a neighbor and a friend.  We will cherish the memory of her always.

5 Responses to “Day 23: In Margie’s Honor”

  1. deb kalmakav April 30, 2011 at 4:18 AM #

    Karen, I hope i know where the rhubarb came from in Marge’s pie!

    • pieadaygiveaway April 30, 2011 at 2:32 PM #

      I meant to call and ask about the rhubarb… but if it is ready I am going to get it… I think that was the most delicious pie I have ever made…

  2. Donna Wright April 30, 2011 at 4:04 PM #

    How wonderful it was to read about Margie! She certainly deserves one of your delicious pies. You are so kind and thoughtful.

  3. janice April 30, 2011 at 9:21 PM #

    when do we get any pies on the east coast???? they all sound delicious.

  4. Katharine May 2, 2011 at 3:35 AM #

    Marge’s family enjoyed the pie immensely. It’s not often you can taste love. Thank you, Karen

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