Betty. I thought about this last week and here it is 10:15 pm in California and I just remembered to do the blog! Actually missing Hawaii 5-0 to do this!!
Anyway, Betty was my friend Pam’s mom. The Harvey’s lived across the street from us on Bennington Drive in Sunnyvale, CA. This was a new subdivision called Cherry Chase and we moved in in 1955. I remember the houses across the street weren’t built when we moved in and I think it was at least a year to year and a half later that I met Pam. She was a year older than me. I remember that her grandmothers were called Memaw. Both her grandmothers were often at her house because both her parents worked. Betty worked at Sears and as a result Pam always had the latest clothes. Pam was also and only child, something I longed to be (I have a brother and a sister and I’m the oldest).
When we were in high school (Fremont High School, go Indians!) I would go every morning over to Pam’s to pick her up for our walk to school (before we got a car). Betty had laid out Pam’s clothes for the day the night before and every day she went through Pam’s purse to make sure she had a clean hankie and money in her wallet. I really wanted to be an only child.
Pam’s senior year her parents gave her a new 1965 Mustang and my parents helped me buy Pam’s old Corvair Monza (burgundy red with white leather seats).
Over the years I saw Betty only occasionally. I saw her mostly over the years at the Cancer Society resale shop in Sunnyvale where she volunteered. She was a cancer survivor until it returned in 2008. Betty passed away in October 2009.
At Betty’s memorial service her son-in-law spoke about how he went to Betty to ask for Pam’s hand in marriage (Pam was a widow at a young age) and Betty told him she came with the package. “Marry my daughter you marry me too!” Betty and her daughter Pam are probably the closest Mother/Daughter team I have ever known.
I want to point out that I had a great mom (who passed away in February 2009) and really love my brother Dan and sister Christina. My envy of Pam and her mother was a temporary thing that I grew out of as I grew in relationship with my own mom Louise.
Since I wrote about Apples last week and Betty this week I’m posting a recipe for Apple Brown Betty. Enjoy!
Epicurious | March 2000
by Edna Lewis
In Pursuit of Flavor
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Combine the nutmeg and the sugar and set aside 2 tablespoons.
Put the bread cubes in a bowl and toss with the rest of the sugar mixture, the melted butter, and the lemon rind.
Peel, core, and slice the apples into fairly thick wedges.
In Pursuit of Flavor, © 1988, by Edna Lewis, Reprinted by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., and University Press of Virginia.