Author Linda Rondeau
Grandma’s Green Stuff
AKA Pistachio Pudding
1 package Pistachio Pudding mix
1 can crushed pineapple drained
1 package cool whip
Mix together then chill until set.
Every year, the children looked forward to Grandma’s Green Stuff, as they nicknamed it. Sure enough, Mother always delivered without being asked. Even after Alzheimer Disease claimed her memory, she somehow managed to bring the Green Stuff…her way of showing how much she really did love her family.
Life is ever-changing and family gatherings never remain the same. The older generation eventually passes on and the younger generations begin new traditions with their growing families. My husband and I sometimes make the trek to visit the married children during holidays and sometimes they will visit us. Sometimes we are alone. But a major holiday does not seem complete without Grandma Wood’s Green Stuff.
My relationship with my mother was sometimes tumultuous,but, her son-in-law could do no wrong. How she adored him.
When Mother went into the nursing home, my husband took up the cause of the Green Stuff, continuing the tradition after she passed away. Wherever we spend the holidays, he makes certain a bowl of Green Stuff is on the table...his tribute.
Funny thing, though, when the Green Stuff comes out, I forget the silly quarrels we may have had and recall only the good, the visible reminder that love surpasses all obstacles, even a fractured relationship...love that arrives in a tasty green delicacy.
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