Oh sweet sentimentality, how I love you in moderation.
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meatball recipe (substitute ground
turkey if you need to get rid of it!)
or just visit your local IKEA for
some authentic meatballs.
Katrin, the oldest daughter, captures all the touching moments in daily life. Like the time she is asked to help serve a tea with all the "high society" girls who look down on immigrants. They were horrified by the "working class" meatballs that Mama sent. Unfortunately, they exhibited similar snootiness to the school janitor who consequently turned off the heating, thereby sabotaging the event. Of course, as soon as Mama heard, she came to the rescue with thermoses of hot coffee. By the end of the day, the mean girls were lining up for a taste of meatballs!
Each story is like this--some hardship is faced (like Dagmar's hospitalization) and Mama helps the family overcome it (in this case, Mama dresses up like the washerwoman to sneak in and see poor Dagmar after surgery).
After Thanksgiving dinner tonight, go Netflix the old Irene Dunne movie, I Remember Mama, which is based on the book. It will make you smile and count your blessings.