Hearing has never been my mother’s strongest sense. She suffered from constant ear troubles as a child, and, as she gets older, her hearing has gotten a bit worse for wear.

Hearing has never been my mother’s strongest sense. She suffered from constant ear troubles as a child, and, as she gets older, her hearing has gotten a bit worse for wear.


Over the past few weeks we have had a bit of a situation going on in the family that has caused us both a good deal of stress. She has dealt with it in her own way, and I have dealt with it in mine. But one afternoon I told her I was so stressed out I was going to stop at a local bakery and get me some of that babka they sell.


Babka, many may know, is a sweet bread. The one I was talking about is swirled with chocolate flavored filling and has chocolate flakes on top and is drizzled with icing. It is wonderful and really hits the spot when one is looking for a little sweet stress relief.


The stressful situation continued for a couple of months, and every once in a while I would mention I was going to stop and get some babka. The suggestion always drew a strange look from my mother, but she never said anything.


Then one day recently we decided we were going to celebrate the resolution of the stressful situation with a stop at the place where they sell the babka. I was so excited, because I knew she would love the chocolaty delight. So there we were at the counter, and I told the woman I would like two babkas.


My mother again looked at me like I had lost my mind and said she would have a coffee. I agreed that she would have a coffee with hers, and I would have some iced tea with mine. My mother shook her head and walked away from the counter to find a seat. I went to get her coffee and my tea, and when I returned the woman had brought out our desserts.


When I sat down, my mom looked at them and asked me what they were. I said, "It is the babka that I have been telling you about."


She started to laugh, and I could see relief spread across her face. Then she said, "I thought you were saying vodka."


We laughed so hard that the people around us must have thought we were total nuts.


I knew that she knew the situation we were dealing with was pushing me to my limits as far as stress was concerned, but I didn’t know she thought I had gotten THAT stressed out. Now every time something stresses one of us out, we joke that we will fix it with a little babka. All of that goes to show that laughter and the love of family go a long way toward warding off stress — and chocolate doesn’t hurt any either.


Happy birthday Tuesday to Dot Holt, Marthella Cain and Tim Miller, all of Denison; Jean Perkins Simpson, Bob Thompson, LaKeisha Taylor and Tiera Hughes, all of Sherman; Joyce Womack Hobby of Wylie; Carol Jones of Oklahoma; Victoria Barber of Georgetown; Kenny Herbert of Howe.