Mom’s Diner

Childhood memories of mother’s short-order grill, including breakfast for supper, fried baloney, and special square hamburgers on Saturday nights.

| Spring 2018

  • Mom's diner
    Four boys sit on stools to eat breakfast for supper, as made by their mother.
    Photo by Wayne Stroot
  • Mom's diner
    A mother holding a plate of food cringes as her son comes through the door and lets the screen door slam shut.
    Photo by Wayne Stroot

  • Mom's diner
  • Mom's diner

The screen door rapidly closed behind me with a loud SLAM! From the kitchen, I would hear my mom holler, "Don't slam the screen door!" After entering the dining room, I always gave a weak, "I'm sorry," followed by, "Mom, what's for supper?"

It was as though we boys expected Mom to run some type of a short-order grill.

A picture of my mom should be listed next to the word "frugal" in the dictionary. The art of frugality was thrust upon her while growing up as one of 13 children during the Great Depression. Years later, in the 1960s and '70s, while raising eight children of her own, she continued to pinch pennies in order to feed her family. As the oldest of her children, I never ceased to be amazed at the meals Mom managed to place upon our kitchen table.

"We're havin' breakfast for supper," Mom would say.


My mother had a huge electric griddle that was 2 feet long and a foot and a half wide. She would set that thing on the breakfast bar, and then we eight kids would eat in two shifts on the bar stools.

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