As we entered November last year, I reflected how this month awakens in me the sweet ache of nostalgia. Indeed it does, and this time I’d like to delve a bit deeper. Actually, the feeling begins to stir in October when the autumn is clearly here, and it occurs to me that my mother’s birthday is approaching on October 7. Although my mom Cho Miller, has been gone for more than 22 years now, not one day passes without her presence in my mind and heart. The same is true for my little sister, Jina, whose 44th birthday approaches exactly one week after mine this month, when I will begin the 48th year of my life. I don’t wish to make anyone sad. Actually, the constant memory of these two extraordinary women has always been a source of profound comfort and strength throughout my entire adulthood.The people we love do not at all lose their significance in our lives just because they are no longer physically present. Whenever I feel inspired in my kitchen to create something warm and delicious to nourish my family and friends, I can feel my mother’s love. When I feel exasperated trying to piece together an outfit to look nice for an important event, if I take a breath and think of my beautifully stylish sister, I suddenly come across the perfect thing forgotten about in my closet. These are just a couple of examples of the countless ways that my departed loved ones manifest in my life. Most of all, it’s the recognition of the enduring beauty that’s found in our little hamlet, whatever the season, that makes me smile in gratitude for those who once dwelled here and loved it, too. There are so many sorely missed Springs residents among us, I thought I’d share about mine to prompt anyone out there to drop me a line to share memories with us about theirs.
For those who miss their mother’s home cooking as I do, or just don’t feel up to working in the kitchen, the exceptional cooks of the Springs Community Presbyterian Church at 5 Old Stone Highway are offering another comforting meal as part of their ongoing “Friday Night Take-Out” series this November 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For $13 a person, enjoy roasted pork loin, green beans, homemade applesauce, and ginger cookies. Sounds delish!
This weekend, Ashawagh Hall presents “Five for Fall” featuring the paintings of five dynamic local artists showcasing our most stunning local landscapes. The participating artists include Joan Klutch, John Todero, Cynthia Loewen, Peter Gumpel, and Lynn Martell. The reception is Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. with gallery hours on that day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It promises to be a real treat for the eyes!
The Springs Fire Department honors those who have served our country this Sunday, November 9 from 7 to 11 a.m. by offering all veterans a well-deserved complimentary breakfast that includes fluffy pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, and beverages. For everyone else, it’s still a great deal at $8 adults, $7 seniors, and $5 for children. What a wonderful way to treat that special veteran in your life!
I am one day back from a long awaited trip to Italy. I am sure I’ve had a wonderful time … I hope! So, I’ve had to send this column in a week in advance. If I missed some news while I was away, I hope you will forgive me. It shocked me to realize that it’s been 9 years since I last left this country, which reinforced just how quickly our lives can go by. Like many locals who work hard to be able to live in the Hamptons, I can have a tendency to put off pleasure expenditures for a future date for that “someday” that, frankly, may never happen.
My mom often dreamed about returning to South Korea one day, perhaps after my little sister graduated from college, or when she had an excess of money to bring extravagant gifts. She never made it, after all. So, as I prepare to travel to a place I’ve always dreamed of going, I feel extra grateful for the opportunity and safe in the knowledge that I embark with my mother and sister’s love to protect me. I am hoping that some of you will be prompted to not put off your travel dreams any longer, too.
I will sign off with “Happy Birthday” wishes to my Aunt Lori Miller-Carr, her granddaughter Kailey DeMai of Springs, and to my sister Jina Miller and my Grandpa Milton Miller Sr, both up in heaven … and to me … and to all November babies here in the Springs! Happy week to everyone!