|"Oh, hey, Mom! Just checking out some recipes!"|
This week the weather has been very damp, raining, and we even had a few rare northeast February thunder and lightning storms! With the inclement weather, it's a perfect time to warm up by doing a little baking. As I reached for one of my favorite cookbooks and removed it from the shelf, I smiled through tears as I traced the chewed up cover, and the taped up spine and torn pages, remembering back to when the cover was destroyed. Gibson had another bout of hind end weakness and his rehabilitation included being in a stability harness brace and my walking him in a sling harness to keep weight off his hind end, combined with rest on his water bed along with supplements and laser therapy. He obviously became very bored one night when I walked out into the kitchen and caught him in the middle of chomping on my cookbooks! The expression on his face was priceless! He had removed several of them off the lowest shelf and just looking at that smile, made me smile! He was always such a character and always knew how to make me laugh! He did manage to empty the lower book shelf, which he ultimately used as a headrest! (I think that may have been his plan all the long!)
I have kept some of the cookbooks that have Gibbie wear and tear; like my favorite Fanny Farmer Cookbook, which is now a chewed, cherished book that will always be a memorable part of my collection. Sure, I could buy a replacement book in perfect condition, but why would I? The beauty of it is in the memory. This book, with all its imperfections, makes it a perfect keepsake book for me. Looking at it will always bring Gib's innocent sweet face to my mind...as he happily rested surrounded by pages from my cookbooks.