Happy Memorial Day all...
My dad was not much of a cook. It was a family tradition when i was growing up that Sunday nights suppers were my dad's responsibility. They usually rotated between fried balogna sandwiches, hot dogs and scrambled eggs. My father's specialty was reserved for extended family gatherings or occasionally Sunday dinner. It has become known as Pepere's potato salad. (Pepere is what all his grands and great grands called him)
He would boil the potatoes with the skins on, peel them while they were still hot and then let them cool. He would chop them into little cubes, add chopped hard boiled eggs, cukes, onions (in half of the batch), celery and his secret ingredient...sweet pickles. He used mayo...and some dill ...as the dressing. I am not a potato salad fan, but i loved this one. As he worked he always whistled, and when the great grands started to toddle around He would give them the very important job of putting the cukes and pickles into the salad.
My dad served in the Navy. He was the youngest of 8 bothers. They all served during WW II...dad lied about his age, because he did not want to be left behind. My grandmother's prayers were answered when they all returned....she always said she was one lucky woman.
On Memorial Day my daughter lovingly makes pepere's potato salad....minus the whistling. She did not inherit that gene..she hums. It conjures up wonderful memories and is her tribute to Him...and to all those who serve their country. I would like to salute and say a heart felt
THANK YOU to all...
......who are serving our country. Risking their lives, loosing precious time with their families, so that we can enjoy our lives of freedom
.......who are veterans, having fulfilled their service. Often returning to their loved ones with the visible and invisible scars that such a service can impose.
.........who are no longer with us but served us proudly.
........those who wait for a safe return, giving up precious time together.
........to all those in service to our country..the reservist, first responders...
a very heart felt THANK YOU, we appreciate and value your service.