Everyone needs a Eudora Pfeiffer in their life!
This quiet woman of strength lived a span of years during the 20th Century. As her family’s matriarch, character strengths of frugality, honesty, wisdom, patience, and humility were exemplified daily in the family’s farm home. Within the rural community, she was known for her resourceful leadership talents.
Her husband called her, Dode, and together they heroically braved springtime flooding along Apple Creek, excessively hot prairie summer winds and frigid winter snow storms to craft a section of land into a crop and livestock farm that would provide for themselves and their two daughters.
The frugality with which Eudora coached her daughters through childhood came from this oft-spoken aphorism—“Money doesn’t grow on trees.” In other words, money must be earned and is not easily acquired. How well she understood that fact!
She was tenacious and never slacked from the responsibilities at hand in order to be a helpmate to her husband. Her sound mind and two calloused hands demonstrated results of a life lived on the tough prairie where the elements of nature could produce life-daunting hardship or abundantly joyful reward.
“Put Your Thinking Cap On,” “Put Your Nose to the Grindstone,” or “Keep Your Whits About You” were noted to be heard throughout the home as she encouraged her daughters to reach into the depths of their minds, unlocking previously learned knowledge, thereby, inspiring creativity.
How did Eudora grow in wisdom, Dear Readers? She was a self-taught homemaker! To enhance her homemaking career, she also welcomed valuable information for managing a home through lessons taught at monthly community Homemakers’ Club meetings. Gardening, baking, cooking, family finance, first-aid health, and sewing were just some of the topics covered by county extension educators.
Therefore, Dear Readers, her two daughters were recipients of this knowledge gained. She was an extremely capable watch-me-and-then-do-it-this-way teacher. Always available to calm the frustrations of a young baker or seamstress, she would calmly say, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”
She didn’t offer the easy way out to success. Rewarded accomplishment was obtained by the student after perseverance and patience trumped frustration. Her daughters agree to this truth as do the number of 4-H members and homemakers with whom she shared her abundant expertise.
Blessed with a humble quiet personality, Eudora was probably unaware that her skillful teaching leadership represented a trusted baking voice to all who had privy to engage. When she demonstrated measuring and mixing techniques in order to produce the ultimate in baked products, those techniques were spot-on to deliver the best of the best results!
I know that because Eudora is my mom! I demonstrate evidence of her very skillful teaching each day in my licensed home food lab and at Miss NiNi’s Desserterie.
“Don’t pack the flour into the measuring cup; Sift the flour to incorporate air, measure, level—all with a light hand; Pack the brown sugar to squeeze out the air in the cup; Measure liquids in a glass measuring cup—stoop down to read the amount in the cup for an accurate measurement” are all Momisms that I teach to the Miss NiNi bakers in order to bake the most consistently high-quality desserts.
I share the memory of homemaker emeritus, Eudora Pfeiffer because I am long overdue in awarding her with a golden crown into the exclusive Miss NiNi’s Royal Baking Court. This honor is given posthumously. Nevertheless, the path that she trod to become my homemaking hero is unsurpassed!
As my opening line declared, “Everyone needs a Eudora Pfeiffer in their life!” Her qualities as a woman, a lady, a teacher, and my mom are those I try to emulate daily.
Thank you, Mom!