My Favorite Memory of Mom


At the time, I was mortified, wishing the floor would open up and swallow me.

The occasion was my graduation from United Airlines Stewardess School in Chicago, August, 1972.  My Aunt Dotty, mom’s sister lived in Chicago and mom flew out from Blue Earth, MN for the event.  I was excited to graduate and have mom and Aunt Dotty there.

I was thrilled and so proud that I had made it through our 8 weeks of training and now I was about to graduate and then start my flying career.  I had rented an apartment with 2 other friends and we were beyond excited.  Parents, Aunts, Uncles, boyfriends, girlfriends and grandparents had come to watch our graduation.  My mom was to pin my wings on me.

Our class filed in and took our seats.  I didn’t see mom and Aunt Dotty but I knew they were there.  My name was called to get my wings.  I walked up to the stage, mom got up and came toward the stage.  I thought I would have a heart attack.  She had on a short skirt and white Go Go boots, hair piled high on her head, black horn rimmed glasses and some kind of short jacket.  I was mortified.  How could she? Go Go boots?!  Oh how I wanted the floor to open up and swallow me.

But those Go Go Boots are my favorite memory of mom.  She was from small town Minnesota and she was so proud of me.  She wanted to be hip.  The 70’s were the era of Go Go Boots.  She must have agonized over her outfit.  She thought she looked great. And you know what?  She looked wonderful and in my heart, when I think of her that day, I am overwhelmed with love.

My mother was a terrible cook.  But the one thing she made that we all loved was pork chops.  I have wondered for years how she made them but I have a sneaking suspicion this is how she did it:

Put bone-in, thin cut pork chops in a roasting pan.

Pour two cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup over them

Turn the oven on to 350 degrees and cook for one hour.

After one hour the chops would have been inedible but that Cream of Mushroom soup melted into them and crusted up.

We all thought they were delicious which may give you a clue as to what our everyday fare was like.

This memory and pork chop recipe will go in the family cookbook.  What memory do you have of your mom that brings a smile to your face now?

6 thoughts on “My Favorite Memory of Mom

  1. Barbara Basso says:

    Very interesting, Stevie. Your graduation was so different from mine. Of coarse mine was about 17 years before yours in Cheyenne. There were No guests.
    When Joe and I were married in 1959 I could not cook very well. Pork chops and Cream of Mushroom soup was our menu for Special dinners when having company. You are bringing back memories.

    • Stevie says:

      Pork Chops and Cream of Mushroom soup sounds like the go to dinner for everyone at that time! I think I am going to have to make that again and see if it’s as good as I remember.

  2. JJ says:

    I cannot tell a lie…Dan and I both had such fond memories of that same recipe from childhood that we made it a few months ago. Don’t tell our kids but it was delicious!! Damn good gravy! Ha!
    But did not have a mom who wore Go Go Boots…your mom was hip!

    • Stevie says:

      Hi JJ, I think that was the go to for everyone’s mom in those days. I am going to try it myself but I might not cook the chops for an hour!

  3. Lana says:

    Stevie, we had the same pork chops! The mushroom soup gravey was delicious over the baked potato! Worked great with chicken too! 🤣

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