Papa was a Baker
For the Scrap Challenge, Week 3. Like so many others have said, I find heritage pages a challenge. But I'm so glad I've finally finished this one - it was nice remembering my grandfather and putting down some thoughts regarding what his "late-in-life hobby" meant to me, and maybe, what it meant to him.
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Papa was an Aggie. As a younger man, he smoked a pipe. He played football in college, but never graduated. Papa was a cabinetmaker, a whittler and a “doodler.” Seated in his favorite chair, he diligently worked the daily newspaper crossword puzzle. Papa was an oil-worker in Bay City, Texas. He was a great traveler. But until 1982, he had never baked a thing.
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At age 76, Papa started baking things: plum cake, a dense pound cake he called “Westerner Cake” (that neither my mother nor I can ever seem to get right nowadays), pecan pies, and all sorts of cookies—including snickerdoodles and a favorite family recipe of his mother’s called “spitzbubens.” I thought it was the grandest thing in the world, and I looked forward to going to Papa’s house every day after preschool; he always had something he had baked “just for me.” At age four, I didn’t pause to think much about the “why” involved in my grandfather’s new hobby. WHY did Papa suddenly take up baking so late in life?
Curious, I asked my mother, “Why did Papa bake?”
And Mom replied, “I think he baked because he missed Granny. . . he missed the sweet smells in the kitchen that he associated with her. . . and because he wanted the simple joy of sharing food with the people he loved. His grandchildren loved sweets. So he baked.”
Yikes, almost forgot the list of supplies! (All DD):
CurvyCorner Stitched Blocks No. 01
Stitched by Anna White No. 04
Colbie Solids Paper Pack
Assorted Tapes No. 03
Chipboard Alphabet: Black
Classic Cardstock: Autumn Ice
Eat Cake Kit
Grungy Ledger Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 02
Letter Box Brushes and Stamps No. 02
My Family Genealogy Clippings No. 01
Postage Strip Words No. 01
Spot Dots No. 10 Paper Pack
Vintage Photo Frames No. 16
Fonts: Chapparel Pro
Thanks for looking! : )