I’ve heard from both of my brothers this week in regards to the Mormor story.
Bocci added, “I did choke down some tamale pie, but that may have been the last time ever.”
And as Mantel Man pointed out, “I had been home for spring break, not on leave from the Navy; and Mormor died only two or three weeks after that dinner.”
He also pointed out that the pie had actually been apple-rhubarb, which explains how I was able to eat any or it at all: “The offending pie was actually an apple-rhubarb pie. I remembered that just this morning because, as I recall, Papa, poking suspiciously at his slice, told Mormor, ‘This doesn't look like apple pie, Esther,’ and she replied evasively, ‘Oh, it has apples in it.’ She should have been some politician's press secretary.”
Mantel Man closed with this thought: “Papa, get out of the house -- it's *&^%$#! RHUBARB!"