By Teri Cayton
The Parsons Advocate
Growing old is inevitable but growing up is something totally different. Mom had that attitude and I think that was what kept her going. I just wish she had longer with the part of growing old. Sixty seven is just too young to lose your life when Mom had so much to live for. I wish she could have seen her grandchildren grow up and start their own families.
She would have loved to spoil her great-grandchildren and be called G.G. I think a lot of things would be different if they had her as an influence in their lives. She would be so proud to see the things her grandchildren have accomplished. One has his own business and one is almost ready to graduate from eight years of veterinary college. Others have amazing families and good careers. Momma Said, “All you want for your children and grand-children is for them to accomplish more than you did in life.”
The more they grow the more you grow. To see them go forward, be happy and reach for a future to be proud of is all a parent wants in life. To see your children succeed in life is probably the number two wish every parent has, right behind their number one wish for them being healthy.
Mom would have had her 88th birthday this year and I am sure if she was able she would be as active with her great-grandchildren as she was with her grandchildren. I know if she was still here some things would have turned out different, but all I have to offer them is memories I have of her and hope they see her as I do, the most amazing person you could ever want to meet.
Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes
- 3 large potatoes, mashed
- 4 fried strips of bacon, chopped
- 2 tbsp. of butter, unsalted
- 2 to 3 tbsp. of milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp. of garlic
- 3 chopped green onions
- 1 cup of the cheese of your choice
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 2 beaten eggs
- 2 cups of Italian bread crumbs
- oil for frying
- Boil the potatoes until tender.
- Add in the butter, milk, salt, pepper, and garlic. Mash until well combined.
- Now add in the green onions, bacon, and cheese.
- Using a spatula or spoon, mix until well combined.
- Add the mixture to about a 9 by 13 pan, smooth out, put some parchment paper over the top, and smooth it again.