• February 10, 2014

Kim-Van-Dunk
There is no video to go with my story, and I don’t know if it will be the most creative. This is my story about baking with my son, who is a United States Marine. There is no video to go with my story, because my son and I like to bake together, and he has been deployed for the past eight months. Our favorite activity to do together is bake. There are three things we love to bake together: French Meat Pie My Way, Apple Cranberry Pie, and Red Velvet Cake. Our Holidays are not complete without Mom’s Meat Pie for breakfast, and we make both the Red Velvet and Apple Cranberry Pie together, along with my other son, who has Asperger’s. It is our most steadfast Holiday tradition, especially the Apple Cranberry Pie. Having to do this without my son while he was in Boot Camp was extremely difficult, so we did the next best thing. My other son and I made individual Apple Cranberry Pies, 55 of them, and sent them to my son at Paris Island, SC. You see, you can send baked goods to the recruits, with the permission of the Drill Instructor, as long as you send enough for everyone in the Platoon. Less than one week after my total thyroidectomy, I made and packed and shipped 55 individual pies to send to my little boy, who went and grew up on me, so that he could enjoy the one thing that made Christmas special for him, our traditional pies. I am enclosing a picture of all of the individual pies laid out and ready to be shipped. I received a letter back from my son, not only sharing his gratitude, but with hand written notes from the guys in his Platoon, as well. They were so grateful and happy. It was the best Christmas gift I could have received that year, or maybe any other!


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