Southern Living is My Connection to My Mom

January 25, 2016 | By | Comments (1)

Earline Widmer, Judy’s mother, at work in her garden.

My mother was a Southern belle from Alabama when she met my father, a self-assured gent from New Jersey, during WWII. When they settled in New Jersey, she talked a farmer into growing okra for her. (He didn’t have a clue what it was.) She’s no longer with us, but SL gives me the opportunity to visit with her every month and remember her smiling at me as I make my fried okra and sweet tea.

—Judy Albolino, Hackensack, NJ



  1. Kathleen

    That’s a lovely memory. Thanks so much for sharing it & God bless!

    January 25, 2016 at 10:54 am

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