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Topic: Laughter (10/18/04)

TITLE: The Oyster Casserole that Caused Fits of Giggles
By Tammie Smith
10/19/04

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“It is my casserole. She is my mom, and she made it for me,” a muffled voice said from one of the bedrooms.

“Give me that casserole. It is mine,” another voice replied.

“Now girls, your acting like you are younger than your children, ” my grandmother stated in her southern drawl from the kitchen.

With fits of giggles, my mother replies “Harriet, that is my oyster casserole.”

As the laughter continues from my mother and aunt, the rest of the family sits around the kitchen while my grandmother puts the finishing touches on lunch.

Shaking my head, I say to my cousins “You would think they were the children, and we were the adults.”

“My mother and aunt walk walk back into the kitchen carrying the casserole and laughing.”

Laughter was a common occurrence during the holidays of my childhood. My mother and aunt would constantly battle over the first serving of oyster casserole. You would think that my grandmother only made a small dish, but in reality it was enough for our family and the neighbors. This didn't detour the tradition. The oyster casserole could be found hidden amongst the towels in the linen closet or by the piano in the parlor.

Now that she is in Heaven, I am sure that my mom is still laughing about our family holidays. I can imagine that one day, she will continue her tradition of battling over the oyster casserole with my aunt. I am sure she has already searched out the best hiding places.


Member Comments
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Phyllis Inniss 10/25/04
It's great to carry our laughter and giggles into our adulthood, so that our children can get a sense of what made us happy when we were young.
Glenda Lagerstedt10/26/04
Your story is a happy reminder of similar incidents in my own growing up years.
Barbara Ann Smith10/26/04
This brought back memories of our homemade candy makings and how we would hide the candy to enjoy later. A nice reminder that holidays bring laughter in most homes.
L.M. Lee10/26/04
oh how funny!
Kristin Slavik10/26/04
Tammie,
This was a fun look at family tradition. Those are the membories that will stay with us forever. Blessings!
Kristin
darlene hight10/27/04
Tammie,
My family always fought over the pies. My mom makes a ton of pecan pies because they are the favorite but still people try to sneak them out under their shirt and so forth. This was a fun read. It brought back nice memories.
Darlene
Marina Rojas10/27/04
Oh, my goodness I thought only my crazy family ate oyster dressing! This was a delight, bringing back memories of watching my mother make an oyster dressing that only my Dad would love! I enjoyed this a lot !
Teresa Lee Rainey10/29/04
Tammie, this was a lot of fun. Makes me that much more anxious for Christmas vacation :^)
Christine Rhee10/29/04
What a lovely, warm recount of your family holidays!!