Strawberry Shortcake

Today is my mom’s birthday.  She is 84 years young!  I picked her up at around noon and Jane and I took her to a cute little restaurant for lunch… just the 3 of us.  She ordered a burger, which is unusual for her because she is the original picture of health.  You know, chicken and salads and fruit kinds-of things.  But it’s her birthday, so she went hog wild (well, cattle wild).  And she loved it.

Then I took her to a gourmet supermarket kind-of place and I bought all the food for her birthday dinner at my home.  I got all the things she loves… fresh fish, salad ingredients and strawberries for her favorite dessert – strawberry shortcake.  I even bought Bisquick to make homemade biscuits.  When we got back to my house, my mom settled into her favorite chair and read for the rest of the afternoon. Everything was peaceful and warm and perfect….

Then my mom smelled the deliciousness of the biscuits… and it was a reversal of roles.  I remember when I was a little girl and my mom was making biscuits.  I would come from wherever I was to watch her measure and mix and spoon the gooey mixture onto the waiting cookie sheets.  I would peek into the window of the oven to see them rise and turn golden brown.  And the aroma!

Trying to keep the biscuits away from Seth!

And here I was making these delights for my mom.  It felt so good, so wonderful to return these memories!  Then I cut the strawberries and sprinkled them with sugar to make them extra juicy.  I wanted them to be perfect for this perfect day.

When Barry arrived at home, dinner preparations began in earnest… and soon our birthday feast was ready.  My mom, Jane, Barry and I savored each moment, each morsel.  Then it was time for dessert… for the strawberry shortcake.  I covered hers with whipped cream and put in a little yellow candle for a special wish…

And my mom’s 84th birthday was official!

I thank God each day to have my mom in my life.  And I wish that everyone has something as memorable and as special and as fulfilling as a chunk of strawberry shortcake to make life, well… full circle.  Complete!


Strawberry Shortcake was last modified: July 27th, 2017 by Sharon Couto
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  1. Sharon, what can I say. I envy you. My Mom saw her 84th birthday, too, her last.
    It’s SO good that you are savoring every moment, every memory with you precious mother.
    God bless you, and God bless her…and thank you for sharing and reminding us to enjoy the ride.

  2. How lucky your mom is to have you as a daughter! My mouth is watering at the thought of that delicious strawberry shortcake.

  3. What a beautiful story! You savor every moment, you are blessed to have that quality!!

    Happy birthday to your mom, you can tell her she certainly did a wonderful job raising her amazing daughter! I hope she has many, many more!

  4. How wonderful, Sharon! Sounds like you arranged an absolutely perfect birthday for your mom. I love that last photo – three beautiful generations! I hope everyone had an amazing day. 🙂

  5. You girls all look wonderful! You will always remember this celebration.
    Happy birthday, Rita!

  6. Happy Birthday to your Mom! She is so cute. I love how you value family and the moments you share. I always get warm fuzzies when I read you blog.

  7. How lucky are you to still have your Mom!! I lost my Mom 16 years ago when she was just 57. I still miss her everyday….

  8. Happy belated birthday to your mom. You are such a wonderful daughter to devote the whole day to make sure it was special. I LOVE bisquick bisquits…what memories! She is precious and very fit for 84.

Strawberry Shortcake was last modified: July 27th, 2017 by Sharon Couto