There’s history and then there’s HISTORY.
The first kind is “Yesterday” by The Beatles.
It’s the Tigers beating the Cards in the 1968 World Series.
It’s remembering the plots and people of “Dallas,” “Dynasty” and “Designing Women.”
HISTORY is when your great-grandparents passed through Ellis Island.
Whether or not you lost female forebears in the Salem Witch Trials.
Which of your 19th Century relatives traveled West along the Santa Fe, Mormon or Oregon Trails. And where they settled. And how they survived.
I have both dimensions in Cindy Born-Mylo.
Cindy and I met in the late 70s when she was the temp receptionist for the ad agency where I was working. She said she knew we were soul sisters when I left a meeting whistling the theme to Masterpiece Theater. I knew I needed a housemate to meet the mortgage on my newly acquired residence. And she liked dogs.
The rest, as they say, is…
Thirty-plus years later, we’re still friends.
No, we’re family.
She and her husband Mike live in North Carolina, where she’s launched a new genealogical services enterprise—Say Hello to Your History. Her website is still in the making, but you can reach her at email@example.com should you need a little help climbing your family tree.
A research pro by degree, Cindy loves nothing more than digging deep into documents, both archival and ancestral. What she finds is what you get. And the proof is as clear as her having confessed to her mother, who both knew to be in her final weeks of life, that the mythology surrounding their family’s having arrived on the Mayflower was not fact based.
Betty Born was more miffed than miserable, and they simply agreed never to discuss the topic again.
I asked Cindy for a recipe she knew was more than a century old.
She sent this one—a memory of her grandmother.
Pom Pom’s Rice Pudding
1 cup rice
2 qts milk (8 cups. Add a little water too)
Add sugar to taste
Nutmeg on top of pudding
Warm on top of stove – medium heat about soup warm
Then place in 350 degree oven for about 1 1/4 hours to 1 1/2 hours.