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Christmas, Mom's Red Skin Potato Salad, and the Mumps
One Christmas Day when I was seven I had the worst case of the mumps. We had an outbreak at St. Margaret's Elementary School. The family was unable to take our usual trip down South to visit the relatives, and no visitors dared step foot in our house, but it was still a happy day. My brother and I got lots of gifts, plus Santa bought my special request: a black bob-cut kiddie wig with accessories!
Anyway, I was sick as a dog with swollen cheeks and jowls. Every time I looked in the mirror I would cry.
Every holiday my mom would make my favorite, red skin potato salad with cream cheese; and as we all know, when you're down with the mumps, you can't eat much because if your glands secrete, it's painful. So chicken broth was my diet all week.
Later that day Mom decided to style my new wig and make my face up as a treat. Trust, I looked like a cross between a hippo in the face and Bozo, but I was content until dinnertime.
My brother used this occasion to tease me because I couldn't eat anything, and Mom prepared a feast! There was turkey, dressing, macaroni and cheese, ham, cakes, pies, and yes, my favorite potato salad. I begged her, "Please, can I have a li'l taste. I'm feeling better. Please, please!" To shut me up, she gave me a teaspoonful of my fav... and OH MY GOODNESS, it was sooooooo good! But of course my glands secreted. I fell to the floor grabbing my cheeks in agony. My wig fell off; my brother died laughing, but that potato salad was the best!
I am so sorry you had to experience such a debilitating illness during Christmas, but happy for you that your mother tried her best to make it better for you.
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